Date: 2016-12-03 10:41 am (UTC)
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It's been around since the eighties but nobody really believes in it, as far as I can tell -- it's one of those things where people go "ehhhh maybe probably best to not use menstrual cups Just In Case" but as far as I can tell there's no solid evidence that it's actually implicated, not least because (a) people who use sanitary towels while sleeping will also exhibit retrograde menstruation, and that's very large population that doesn't have endometriosis; (b) endometriosis can arise in cis men being treated for prostate cancer with oestrogens; (c) it can also occasionally show up IN THE LUNGS, for crying out loud, which "retrograde menstruation" definitely doesn't explain.

So yeah, you don't see much about it because it's... not really got anything remotely resembling a solid evidence base, it's just nobody's come up with a better idea yet.

(Context: I have severe endometriosis and I'm an expert patient with occasional bouts of Autistic Special Interest in my various conditions; I'm also a PhD student in the physical sciences, which is not biology or pathology or medicine but I've read a hell of a lot of the literature for fun.)
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