Non-dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls and risk of endometriosis.

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

Environmental health perspectives, Volume 118, Issue 9, p.1280-5 (2010)

Keywords:

2010, Adolescent, Adult, Center-Authored Paper, Endometriosis, Epidemiology Core Facility, Female, Humans, Middle Aged, Polychlorinated Biphenyls, Public Health Sciences Division, Shared Resources, Specimen Processing Core Facility, Young Adult

Abstract:

Endometriosis, a gynecologic disorder affecting 8-10% of reproductive-age women in the United States, is defined as the presence of endometrial tissue outside the uterus and is linked to pelvic pain and infertility. Environmental contaminants, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), are hypothesized to contribute to endometriosis risk through effects on steroid hormones.