Struggling with endometriosis as a result of using toxic hair relaxers

By Michael Bartlett

Posted on January 24th, 2023

Endometriosis, a painful disease in which tissue similar to the uterine lining grows outside of the uterus, affects over 6 million women in the U.S. Still, because many women are unaware they have the disease, the number is most likely higher. The symptoms can be debilitating, preventing the person from working and having a normal life.

Occurring in approximately 10% of women of reproductive age nationwide, endometriosis is a mysterious disease in terms of symptoms. While some women with severe endometriosis experience bearable symptoms, others with mild forms have debilitating, excruciating pain. The everyday life of the latter is often disrupted, as the symptoms prevent these women from having a social life, working, enjoying their hobbies, and having a romantic relationship. To make matters worse, disability benefits for endometriosis are rarely available, and when they are, they are very difficult to obtain.

Endometriosis is one of the most commonly misdiagnosed and misunderstood conditions, despite it affecting a whopping 1 in 10 women between the ages of 15 and 44. The disease is often mistaken for bad menstrual cramps, which is why many doctors quickly dismiss the possibility of endometriosis. For this reason, a lot of women muscle through the pain, assuming it is normal, as those who seek out medical help are not always taken seriously or given a correct diagnosis. Left untreated, endometriosis can lead to numerous health complications, including:

  • infertility
  • severe abdominal bleeding
  • deep vein thrombosis
  • perforation of the bladder
  • digestive distress
  • pulmonary embolism
  • excess menstrual bleeding
  • difficulty getting pregnant

Endometriosis, one of the main causes of female infertility

Nearly half of the women with endometriosis have difficulty getting pregnant, usually due to infertility. It is estimated that between 30% and 50% of women with the disease may eventually become infertile. According to medical experts, moderate and severe endometriosis are more likely to result in infertility than minimal and mild endometriosis. This is because endometriosis is frequently misdiagnosed, and when the right diagnosis is assigned, it might be too late to reverse infertility. Endometriosis can impact fertility in several ways, such as:

  • distorted anatomy of the pelvis
  • scarred fallopian tubes
  • inflammation of the pelvic structures
  • altered immune system functioning
  • changes in eggs' hormonal environment
  • impaired implantation of a pregnancy

Another concerning problem endometriosis may cause is autoimmune diseases. A meta-analysis from the medical journal Human Reproduction Update investigated the association between endometriosis and various autoimmune diseases. Five of the 26 reviewed studies could provide high-quality evidence, and among these, four supported a significant association between endometriosis and at least one autoimmune disease. The researchers found a strong association between endometriosis and the occurrence of the following autoimmune diseases:

  • systemic lupus erythematosus
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sjogren's syndrome
  • celiac disease
  • autoimmune thyroid disorder
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • multiple sclerosis
  • Addison's disease

Treatment options for women struggling with endometriosis

Unfortunately, there is no cure for endometriosis, but the disease can be kept under control with various treatments such as medication and even surgery in severe cases. The most commonly prescribed drugs to alleviate endometriosis pain include oral contraceptives, ibuprofen, paracetamol, and gonadotrophin-releasing hormone analogs. Endometriosis was also found to become less crippling if women choose to have intrauterine systems and contraceptive implants.

As for surgery, the purpose of the procedure, which is usually performed laparoscopically, is to remove the deposits of endometriosis by cutting the excess tissue out or by using heat or laser to destroy it. This surgery is known as conservative surgery. Nevertheless, complex surgery might be needed if endometriosis is severe and has caused organ damage. During this procedure, different organs within the body, such as the bowel or the bladder, will be involved.

Finally, radical surgery might be the ideal option for women who experience unbearable endometriosis symptoms, whose disease has not responded to drug treatments or conservative surgery, and who do not plan to start a family. This kind of surgery entails a hysterectomy, during which the womb and, sometimes, the ovaries are removed. It can also entail an oophorectomy, the excision of the ovaries, necessary when endometrial tissue has grown on these organs.

Several women speak about how endometriosis affects their daily lives

Unless you have endometriosis yourself, you can never know how excruciating dealing with the pain it entails can be. So, here are the accounts of six women speaking about their experience with the disease and how it is to live with it:

  • "The pain is sharp. It's deep, searing, and uniform. It feels like the worst menstrual cramps. It's been extremely debilitating." - Kate J.
  • "For me, the pain feels like I'm being poked with a searing hot stick relentlessly. It's the kind of pain that overwhelms you from the moment you open your eyes until the moment you close them at night." - Michelle R.
  • "Endometriosis is extremely debilitating and isolating." - Rachel G.
  • "Many women have endometriosis lesions near their bowels. During my cycle, it would hurt so bad to go to the bathroom that sometimes I would try to avoid it." - Jane K.
  • "Wearing jeans or anything that presses into my lower abdomen is out of the question due to the pain the pressure would cause." - Jennifer L.
  • "Sometimes the pain is a dull, lingering pain, and other times it's a sharp, shooting pain through my lower abdomen. It causes me fatigue, painful bloating, fever, irregular periods, and so much more." - Amanda J.

The importance of filing a toxic hair relaxer claim as a woman with endometriosis

While endometriosis can have many causes, it has recently come to light that using hair relaxers regularly can also result in the disease. This is because these products abound in toxic, endocrine-disrupting chemicals that throw the hormonal system off balance, increasing the estrogen level. Since most women with endometriosis have a high estrogen level, there is clearly a link between the use of chemical hair relaxers and the disease. The greater the estrogen concentration in the body, the more likely endometriosis is to develop.

If you have endometriosis and have been using hair relaxers, we strongly encourage you to give our diligent attorneys a call, as they will gladly and efficiently help you find out whether you qualify for compensation. You may think that because you have not developed cancer due to using toxic hair relaxers, you will not obtain a lot of money, but this is not always true. With the assistance of a specialized and experienced attorney, you can receive the financial compensation you truly deserve for the pain you experience.

Eligible women can obtain $400,000 or more for a diagnosis of endometriosis, depending on how severe their disease is, how long they have used hair relaxers, the number of manufacturers their claim is filed with, and other important factors. Therefore, you should not hesitate and call our law firm at your earliest convenience. With over 30 years of experience in toxic exposure and defective product cases, our attorneys are ready to guide you through the legal process and help you recover the money you might be entitled to.

Our experienced attorneys will help you determine if you can file a toxic hair relaxer claim for endometriosis

If you often use hair relaxers and developed endometriosis, a causal relation might be at play. Our skilled attorneys are ready to help you determine whether you qualify for compensation from the manufacturers whose products you bought. After you provide our resourceful legal team with your medical records and evidence of your use of hair relaxers, we will thoroughly review your case and find out if you can file a toxic hair relaxer claim.

Because we are aware that struggling with endometriosis can be extremely painful, our compassionate team will do all in its power to ease the legal process for you. If you are too ill to participate in the legal process, a family member can help you navigate it. It is important to know that our law firm works on a contingency fee basis, which means you will not have to pay anything out of pocket until we recover money for you.