Women with endometriosis tend to have inferior antioxidant status as compared to healthy
controls. Earlier research has shown that there is a link between endometriosis and chemical exposure; so it makes sense that antioxidant intake can help women who suffer with endometriosis.
Researchers found an increased incidence of many chronic and autoimmune diseases in women with endometriosis compared to the general population. Allergies occurred in over 60% of the endometriosis patients compared to the 18% in the general population. Hypothyroidism was seven times more common, chronic fatigue syndrome was more than 100 times more common, and fibromyalgia was nearly twice as common in endometriosis patients. Endometriosis patients also had an increased incidence of autoimmune diseases like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and pesticides.