If I get this in my first pregnancy, how likely am I to have it in the second and the third?
We've done a recurrence risk study: It's more than an 80 percent recurrence risk rate. Women who had changed partners, they had the same risk.
What's the economic cost?
There's more than $500 million in hospital charges in the U.S. yearly.* And emergency department visits are on the rise, too. It's up to over 220,000 emergency room visits in the U.S.
What steps can you take to prevent it?
We found that women tended to have it longer if they had allergies and if they had a special diet. And the special diets were lactose-free diets and veggie diets, so it may help to not have a veggie diet or lactose-free diet or kosher diet.
Tofu is high in estrogen, lactose-free milk is high in estrogen, so it could be that that's creating their symptoms.
But we don't know. There are a lot of questions and not very many answers.
*Correction (12/5/12): This sentence was edited after posting to correct the dollar amount originally stated.