Study suggests women with severe forms of endometriosis are more attractive

September 24, 2012 by Bob Yirka report

(Medical Xpress)—In a truly odd study undertaken by a group of OB/GYN researchers in Italy, volunteer women were judged to determine if a medical condition known as endometriosis causes those afflicted to be viewed as more attractive by other people. The team found, as they describe in their paper published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, that women with a severe form of the disorder were far more likely to be seen as attractive than women in the general population.

Endometriosis is a condition where cells that are normally only found on the for some reason begin to grow on other body parts in the pelvis, e.g. the , anus, bladder and also respond to fluctuations in the same way as they would in the uterus, i.e. they grow thicker then shrink during the . This causes bleeding and pain and also, apparently, a heightened state of attractiveness, at least to some doctors. The cause of the disorder is not known, though researchers suspect it has something to do with .

In the study, which some might consider a bit outside of the normal realm of strong science, a team made up of two male and two female doctors met with three groups (100 women each) of female volunteers (all in their early thirties or late twenties); those that suffered from the severe type of endometriosis known as rectovaginal endometriosis, those that suffered from a much less serious form of the disorder, and those that did not have the disorder at all. In tallying up the results, the researchers found that 31% of the women in the rectovaginal group were deemed to be attractive by the judges, while just 8 and 9% of those with the less severe form of the disorder or no disorder, respectively, were deemed as such. This, they say, shows that severe forms of endometriosis either cause women to be more attractive, or that the conditions that cause one to come about, also cause the other to do so as well.

What's not clear is why the study was conducted or what sort of science was advanced by the results. The researchers also found that women with rectovaginal also had larger breasts than average and a lower body mass index, which no doubt contributed to their attractiveness scores, but didn't lead to any explanations as to why such differences exist in women with the disorder or how future studies focused on it might use what has been learned to either treat it, or help other women expand their bust lines or lower their BMI.

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Meyer
5 / 5 (8) Sep 24, 2012
After searching for endometriosis on Google Images, I have to disagree with the conclusion of this study.
Lurker2358
1 / 5 (1) Sep 24, 2012
Maybe the attractive women had anal sex after vaginal and therefore transferred uterine cells to the rectum.

Aha, explains it all.
Lurker2358
not rated yet Sep 24, 2012
Oh yeah, this girl's photo was used for a totally different article a few months ago.
Shakescene21
not rated yet Sep 24, 2012
"women with rectovaginal endometriosis also had larger breasts than average and a lower body mass index"

If this condition causes women to be slimmer and larger-breasted, then it's not hard to see why they tend to be more attractive.

malapropism
1 / 5 (1) Sep 25, 2012
Sounds like an ideal candidate study for nomination to this year's Ig Nobel awards.

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