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Psychosocial impact of endometriosis: From co-morbidity to intervention

Dällenbach, Patrick
Published in Best Practice & Research: Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology. 2018, vol. 50, p. 2-10
Abstract Endometriosis-associated pelvic pain is a major health concern in women of childbearing age. Controlled studies have shown that endometriosis can adversely affect women and their partners' general psychological well-being, relationship adjustment and overall quality of life. Furthermore, women with endometriosis report significantly more sexual dysfunctions compared to healthy women. Empirical studies indicate that specific psychosocial factors may modulate pain experience, pain-related distress and treatment outcome. Research on psychosexual interventions in endometriosis treatment is limited but shows to be effective in reducing endometriosis-related pain and associated psychosexual outcomes. An individualized, couple-centered, multimodal approach to care, integrating psychosexual and medical management for endometriosis, is thought to be optimal.
Keywords EndometriosisChronic genital painPsychosocial functionSexual dysfunctionsMultidisciplinary approach
PMID: 29545113
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Research group Prévention du cancer du col utérin (933)
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AERTS, Leen et al. Psychosocial impact of endometriosis: From co-morbidity to intervention. In: Best Practice & Research: Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 2018, vol. 50, p. 2-10. doi: 10.1016/j.bpobgyn.2018.01.008 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:123854

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