By Mary Elizabeth Dallas
“We found that women who breast-fed for a greater duration were less likely to be diagnosed with endometriosis,” stated research writer Leslie Farland. She is a analysis scientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
“Given the persistent nature of endometriosis and that only a few modifiable danger elements are at present recognized, breast-feeding could also be an essential modifiable conduct to scale back the danger of endometriosis amongst women after pregnancy,” Farland stated in a hospital information launch.
The research concerned hundreds of women who participated within the Nurses’ Health Study II. That research started in 1989, and the women have been tracked for 20 years. The researchers discovered that in this time, almost three,300 of the women have been recognized with endometriosis after giving birth to their first youngster.
The analysis workforce then targeted on breast-feeding conduct among the many women. Specifically, the researchers thought-about how lengthy the women nursed their infants, once they launched strong meals or formula, and the way a lot time handed earlier than their first postpartum interval.
The women’s danger for endometriosis fell by eight % for each three further months they breast-fed after every being pregnant, the findings confirmed. Their danger dropped 14 % for each additional three months of unique breast-feeding after every being pregnant.
The researchers additionally checked out a lady’s lifetime danger. Women who solely breast-feed for a cumulative 18 months or extra throughout their reproductive years (which can embrace a number of pregnancies) have an almost 30 % decrease danger for endometriosis, the research discovered.
The short-term pause in durations whereas women are breast-feeding shortly after start might partially clarify their decrease danger for endometriosis, the research authors advised. The hormonal modifications related to breast-feeding might additionally play a task.
However, it isn’t totally clear if women who breast-feed are much less possible to develop endometriosis or if they’re simply much less doubtless to develop into symptomatic and hunt down a surgical analysis to affirm the analysis.
“Our findings lend support to the body of public health and policy literature that advocates for the promotion of breast-feeding,” Farland stated.
“Our work has important implications for advising women who are looking to lower their risk of endometriosis. We hope that future research will illuminate whether breast-feeding could help lessen the symptoms of endometriosis among women who have already been diagnosed,” she added.
About 10 % of women within the United States are affected by endometriosis, the researchers stated. Symptoms of the situation embrace ache within the decrease a part of the stomach, painful durations and ache throughout intercourse.
The research was revealed just lately within the BMJ.