Published: 05/13/2019

Young woman suffering from abdominal pain due to endometriosisEndometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside the uterus. It is important for women to understand the signs of this condition and to pursue treatment promptly, because it can be debilitating if left untreated. While learning about the symptoms and effects of this disease, it’s also important to understand how its causes can lead to other conditions that appear unrelated at first glance.

Endometriosis and the Immune System

Most recent studies about this condition point to auto-immune causes of various kinds. It’s likely there is no one cause, and the emergence of the condition is due to a set of related factors. Similar auto-immune causes have been observed in studies of periodontal disease, and a recent study in the journal Fertility and Sterility suggests a link between the two conditions. Does this mean gum disease treatment will alleviate the symptoms of endometriosis? No, it doesn’t. What it does mean is that patients who are diagnosed with one of these conditions may want to explore the possibility they are at-risk for or experiencing early symptoms of the other.

Effects of Gum Disease

There is a chance periodontal disease could contribute to the systemic auto-immune imbalances that cause endometriosis symptoms to emerge. This doesn’t mean it causes the disease, just that it might increase the symptoms of someone whose condition was undetectable before. Other effects to be concerned about include:

  • Increased risk of cardiovascular problems
  • Gum recession and tooth loss
  • Permanent changes to speech and diet
  • Increased likelihood of diabetes and other major health complications

The best course of action when you are experiencing any gum disease symptoms is to seek out intervention early. If you catch symptoms before the damage becomes permanent, it’s possible to avoid the onset of periodontal disease. Taking care of your symptoms early also means minimizing the chance you could aggravate other auto-immune conditions. Contact us today to make an appointment, and learn more about your options.

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