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Women with Severe Endometriosis Are Deemed More Attractive: Study

Update Date: Sep 24, 2012 08:37 AM EDT

In a rather odd study, a group of OB/GYN researchers in Italy have found that women with a medical condition known as endometriosis are viewed as more attractive by people.

For the study, volunteer women were judged and the researchers found that the women with a severe form of the disorder were indeed viewed as more attractive than other women.

The disorder, Endometriosis, causes cells which are normally only found on the lining of the uterus to grow on other body parts in the pelvis, e.g. the ovaries, anus, bladder. These cells also respond to fluctuating hormonal levels just like they would in the uterus, i.e, they grow thicker and shrink during menstrual cycle.

The condition causes pain and bleeding, and apparently, also makes one look attractive, at least according to the research findings.

Although the reason behind the disorder is unknown, scientists believe that this has something to do with estrogen levels in the body of a woman.

For the study, two male and two female doctors met with three groups (100 women each) of female volunteers. All the participants were either in their early thirties, or in their later twenties.

The participants consisted of those with severe endometriosis known as rectovaginal endometriosis, those with mild form of the disorder, and those who did not have the disorder.

When the results were tallied, it was found that judges rated 31 percent of women with severe endometriosis as attractive, while only 8 and 9 percent of those with the less severe form of the disorder or no disorder were deemed attractive, rescpectivley

Why exactly the study was taken up is not clear neither is it known as to what sort of science was advanced by the results.

During the study, it was also found by the researchers that women with rectovaginal endometriosis had larger breasts than average and a lower BMI, which obviously contributed to their attractiveness. However, there is no explanation as yet to what causes such differences in women with the disorder or how this study could help other women to increase their lines or lower their BMI.

The study was published in the journal Fertility and Sterility.

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