Washington: Italian researchers have found that women with the most severe form of endometriosis happen to be unusually attractive and speculate that the qualities that led to the women’s good looks also predisposed them to the painful gynecological condition.In a study, independent observers rated 31 percent of women with severe endometriosis as attractive or very attractive, while just 8 percent of women with milder endometriosis, and 9 percent of women without the condition were rated that highly.“Several researchers believe that a general phenotype exists which is associated with the disease,” Live Science quoted study researcher Dr. Paolo Vercellini, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Universita degli Studi in Milan, as saying.It may be that a more feminine body type is the result of the same physical characteristics that predispose women to develop severe endometriosis, Vercellini said.In endometriosis, cells that normally line the uterus leave the organ and become deposited in other sites within the body, such as on the ovaries, rectum, bladder or pelvic area. These deposits respond the same way as normal uterine cells do to the hormone changes that occur over a woman``s monthly cycle — they thicken, and then shrink — which can cause pain in the pelvic region, and bleeding.Endometriosis is thought to affect 5 to 10 percent of women. The severe form, called rectovaginal endometriosis, is much less common than milder forms, Vercellini said.
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