A treatment that eases iron overload could help women fight painful endometriosis , researchers report.
Endometriosis is a disorder in which endometrial tissue develops outside the uterus, and attaches to ligaments and organs in the abdomen. The disease can cause bleeding, pain, inflammation, adhesions and infertility. Experts say up to 10 percent of women may be affected.
In their study with mice, Belgian researchers concluded that an overload of iron in the pelvic cavity may help make these lesions grow by promoting the proliferation of their epithelial (lining) cells. This iron overload does not actually cause endometriosis, the study said.