Red meat, especially processed red meat, has been linked to a higher risk of certain diseases. It is supposed that replacing red meat with another protein source may improve inflammation, which is often associated with endometriosis.
Additionally, one observational study found that women who ate more meat and ham had an increased risk of endometriosis, compared to those who ate little meat or ham.
However, two other studies failed to find the same result.
Some evidence suggests that a high intake of red meat may be associated with higher levels of estrogen in the blood.
Since endometriosis is an estrogen-dependent disease, higher levels of estrogen in the blood may increase the risk of the condition.
There is currently not enough research about red meat and endometriosis to make a solid recommendation. Even though current evidence is conflicting, some women may benefit from reducing their red meat intake.