Painful Sex Might Be a Valid Indication for Endometriosis Surgery

Painful Sex Might Be a Valid Indication for Endometriosis Surgery By Özge Özkaya

According to a new study published in the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, the type of endometriosis surgery, and pain improvement after surgery may be linked.  More precisely, rectovaginal endometriosis surgery may be associated with reduced dyspareunia or painful intercourse. “Clinicians…

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Study Identifies Best Questionnaires to Assess Sexual Function in Patients With Endometriosis

Study Identifies Best Questionnaires to Assess Sexual Function in Patients With Endometriosis By Özge Özkaya

The Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) and the Sexual Activity Questionnaire (SAQ) have the best measurement properties according to the Consensus-Based Standards for the Selection of Health Measurement Instruments (COSMIN) criteria for the measurement of sexual function in women with endometriosis,…

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Hands-on proposals for medical counseling and verbalizations to use for women with endometriosis

Hands-on proposals for medical counseling and verbalizations to use for women with endometriosis By Nasuhi Engin Aydin

An overview has been published recently in the Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics on patient–doctor communication and psychological counseling in endometriosis by two academicians, Drs. Wischmann and  Ditzen, from Heidelberg University, Germany. There is no known cure for endometriosis and primary management…

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Are women with endometriosis more prone to have mental health disorders?

Are women with endometriosis more prone to have mental health disorders? By Hale Goksever Celik

Endometriosis is a long-term morbidity resulting in impaired physical, sexual, psychological, and social health. The most common clinical findings of endometriosis patients are chronic pelvic pain and fertility problems, associated with impaired quality of life. These women are also affected…

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Treatment of superficial dyspareunia using topical estrogens in postmenopausal women with a history of endometriosis

Treatment of superficial dyspareunia using topical estrogens in postmenopausal women with a history of endometriosis By Hale Goksever Celik

Genitourinary syndrome of menopause is defined as a collection of symptoms and signs caused by hypoestrogenic changes to the labia majora/minora, clitoris, vestibule/introitus, vagina, urethra, and bladder that occur in menopausal patients. Sexual dysfunction and superficial dyspareunia can be experienced…

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A comparative analysis of male and female perspectives on sexuality in couples dealing with endometriosis

A comparative analysis of male and female perspectives on sexuality in couples dealing with endometriosis By Eylül GÜN

Sexual relationships of patients with endometriosis have been an area of research lately, however, studies have focused mostly on female perceptions and opinions leaving out the males.  Helfenstein et al. from Switzerland, Germany, and Austria conducted a multicenter cohort study…

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Sexual activity during menstruation: Any impact on endometriosis development?

Sexual activity during menstruation: Any impact on endometriosis development? By Eylül GÜN

Retrograde menstruation is among the theories for the etiology of endometriosis and there is a hypothesis that sexual activity during menstruation could potentially increase retrograde menstruation, leading to the implantation of endometrial tissue in other areas and consequently increasing the…

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The effect of dienogest vs ethynyl estradiol/dienogest on quality of life in women with endometriosis

The effect of dienogest vs ethynyl estradiol/dienogest on quality of life in women with endometriosis By Hale Goksever Celik

Women with endometriosis suffer from dysmenorrhea, dyspareunia, and chronic pelvic pain that diminishes the quality of their life. Both physical and mental components of quality of life have been affected by endometriosis-associated symptoms. There are several medical and surgical treatment…

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Women With Chronic Pelvic Pain Have a Negative Experience With Doctors

Women With Chronic Pelvic Pain Have a Negative Experience With Doctors By Özge Özkaya

Women with chronic pelvic pain have a negative experience with the healthcare system, according to a study by US researchers published in the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. This is the case regardless of whether or not they have…

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GnRH Antagonists Can Effectively Reduce Endometriosis Pain

GnRH Antagonists Can Effectively Reduce Endometriosis Pain By Özge Özkaya

Oral gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonists are effective in reducing pain associated with endometriosis in 12 weeks, according to a new study published in the scientific journal Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics. The safety and efficacy of most drugs were dose-dependent…

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Sexual function in infertile women with PCOS and endometriosis

Sexual function in infertile women with PCOS and endometriosis By Hale Goksever Celik

Women with endometriosis suffer from several symptoms and signs including dysmenorrhea, dyspareunia, chronic pelvic pain, and infertility which have a detrimental effect on their quality of life. Sexual dysfunction also is a common problem for endometriosis patients due to complex…

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Minimally Invasive Surgery Improves the Quality of Life of Women With Deep Infiltrating Endometriosis

Minimally Invasive Surgery Improves the Quality of Life of Women With Deep Infiltrating Endometriosis By Özge Özkaya

Minimally invasive surgery improves the quality of life of women with deep infiltrating endometriosis two years after the operation, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine. The results are similar between conservative and total surgery.…

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Endometriosis Increases Risk of Sexual Dysfunction But Only Before Menopause

Endometriosis Increases Risk of Sexual Dysfunction But Only Before Menopause By Özge Özkaya

Endometriosis increases the risk of sexual dysfunction, found a new study by US scientists. But this is the case only before menopause.  This finding can guide doctors in decision-making about evaluating the sexual function of women with endometriosis who have…

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The Sex Life of Women With Endometriosis Improve After Laparoscopic Surgery

The Sex Life of Women With Endometriosis Improve After Laparoscopic Surgery By Eylül GÜN

As one of the most common symptoms of endometriosis, dyspareunia affects the patient's quality of life in many aspects including sexual dysfunction and disorders. Among the treatment methods used in endometriosis, laparoscopic surgery is suggested to improve the symptoms of dyspareunia and the…

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Sex Education For The Sexual Quality Of Life

Sex Education For The Sexual Quality Of Life By Hale Goksever Celik

The most common symptoms of endometriosis are dysmenorrhea, dyspareunia, chronic pelvic pain, and infertility. Decreased quality of life due to pelvic pain, dyspareunia, and psychological conditions such as anxiety and depression can lead to sexual dysfunction in women with endometriosis.…

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Surgery Improves the Sex Life and Sleep of Women With Endometriosis

Surgery Improves the Sex Life and Sleep of Women With Endometriosis By Özge Özkaya

Endometriosis surgery improves patients’ quality of life, sexual function, and sleep confirms a new study by Turkish researchers published in the scientific journal Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics. According to the first author Dr. Belfin Nur Arici Halici of the…

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The evaluation of sexual dysfunction in infertile women

The evaluation of sexual dysfunction in infertile women By Eylül GÜN

Infertility constitutes a serious health problem in women and men worldwide. The most common causes of women’s infertility are reported to be endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome. The prevalence of infertility in women with endometriosis is as high as 50%.…

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Nerve-sparing technique for deep infiltrating endometriosis and its impacts on pelvic organ and sexual functions.

 Nerve-sparing technique for deep infiltrating endometriosis and its impacts on pelvic organ and sexual functions. By Selma Oransay

Deep infiltrating endometriosis and involvement of parametrium cause severe pelvic pain and dysfunction of some pelvic organs resulting in a reduction in women's quality of life. Although surgery for DIE aims to relieve pelvic pain, entering into the posterior parametrial…

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Evaluation of patient self-reported outcome measures for endometriosis.

Evaluation of patient self-reported outcome measures for endometriosis. By Selma Oransay

Endometriosis symptomology is multifactorial and it changes over time based on the patient's life experience, perceptions, and medical treatment. These changes require the agility of adaptation for both clinicians and patients to respond properly. The documentation of the patient's specific…

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Sexual Function in Women With Endometriosis

Sexual Function in Women With Endometriosis By Özge Özkaya

The sexual function of women diagnosed with endometriosis is impaired confirmed a new study by Spanish researchers published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine. According to the study, the strongest predictive factors for poor sexual function are deep disease, depression,…

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Relationship Goals and Sexual Satisfaction for Couples Coping with Endometriosis

Relationship Goals and Sexual Satisfaction for Couples Coping with Endometriosis By Selma Oransay

"Relationship satisfaction" is based on an individual's emotional judgment. Physical and emotional obstacles may present and negatively affect relationship satisfaction. Endometriosis is associated with multiple life domains, and also includes relationship and sexual satisfaction. Sexual satisfaction, on the other hand,…

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Improvement of sexual-life quality in patients with endometrioma

Improvement of sexual-life quality in patients with endometrioma By Bahar Yuksel

Endometriosis is a painful disease that affects daily life as well as sexual life quality. In the study conducted by Yalcin Bahat et al, the researchers questioned the effect of periodic use of dydrogesterone on the sexual life quality of patients with…

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Depression and Anxiety Common in Women with Endo

Depression and Anxiety Common in Women with Endo By Özge Özkaya

Symptoms of depression and anxiety are frequent among women with endometriosis and are related to chronic pain, confirms a review of the literature and meta-analysis published in the Journal of Women's Health.  According to the study authors, correlating factors should…

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Endometriosis & adolescents: Overcoming the diagnostic delay via education

Endometriosis & adolescents: Overcoming the diagnostic delay via education By Eylül GÜN

Although the diagnosis of endometriosis is still not timely even in adults, due to its common under- or misdiagnosis in adolescents, the diagnostic delay may further cause the adolescent women to wait to seek medical treatment.  A group of researchers…

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Impact of adenomyosis on sexual life

Impact of adenomyosis on sexual life By Selma Oransay

Considering the similar etiopathogenesis and pain symptoms between adenomyosis and deep infiltrating endometriosis, Alcalde et al. from the Department of Gynecology, University of Barcelona, Spain, aimed to call attention to the presence of potential sexual dysfunction not only in patients with deep…

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Endometriosis Surgery Improves Sex Life

Endometriosis Surgery Improves Sex Life By Özge Özkaya

Women who underwent laparoscopic resection surgery to treat their deep infiltrating endometriosis had improved sexual quality of life and health-related quality of life according to a new study published in the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology. These findings are important…

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The endless burden: sexual dysfunction and endometriosis

The endless burden: sexual dysfunction and endometriosis By Bahar Yuksel

The relationship between endometriosis and sexual health in women is one of the hottest topics in obstetrics and gynecology practice. There are some previous reports that investigated the effect of endometriosis on the loss of libido, arousal disorder, orgasmic dysfunction,…

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The effects of endometriosis on life satisfaction.

The effects of endometriosis on life satisfaction. By Bahar Yuksel

Endometriosis is well-known for its debilitating effects on women suffering from it. In the review conducted by Masoumeh Namazi et al, the authors have collected studies searching for the wellbeing of women with endometriosis. They have analyzed 46 studies that…

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Endometriosis and Sexual Satisfaction

Endometriosis and Sexual Satisfaction By Özge Özkaya

Endometriosis affects the ability to have an orgasm during sexual intercourse, according to a study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. However, the disease does not have an effect on reaching orgasm via masturbation or sexual activities with a…

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High-dose progestin intake and sexual functions in endometriosis patients

High-dose progestin intake and sexual functions in endometriosis patients By Selma Oransay

Dr. Oppenheimer et al. from the Department of Reproductive Medicine and Fertility Preservation of Antoine Beclere University Hospital, Clamart, France, recently published this bi-center observational prospective study in "Acta Obstetrica et Gynecologica Scandinavica". The study was designed to put forth…

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Endometriosis and the sexual relations of the couples

Endometriosis and  the sexual relations of the couples By Selma Oransay

From the viewpoint of endometriotic women, the pain during the penetration is not the only complaint. They also have growing depression and anxiety leading to difficulties with their social and sexual relationship, work, and study. The emotional impact of sub-infertility,…

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Sexual Quality of Life in Women With Endometriosis

Sexual Quality of Life in Women With Endometriosis By Özge Özkaya

Painful intercourse, more severe period pain, worse health-related quality of life, and unemployment are all associated with worse sexual quality of life in women with endometriosis. This is according to a Dutch study published in the scientific journal Sexual Medicine.…

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Colorectal Deep Endometriosis Resection and Potential Complications

Colorectal Deep Endometriosis Resection and Potential Complications By Murat Osman

A severe clinical form of endometriosis, deeply infiltrating endometriosis (DIE) is characterized by more aggressive endometriotic lesions commonly involving deeper pelvic or gastrointestinal organs. It causes significant quality of life impairment and morbidity and is increasingly associated with infertility. When…

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The predictors for sexual dysfunction in infertile women with endometriosis

The predictors for sexual dysfunction in infertile women with endometriosis By Hale Goksever Celik

Endometriosis is a disease defined as the localization of endometrial glandular and stromal tissue outside the uterine cavity. Its incidence ranges up to 10% of reproductive-aged women. The most common symptoms in these women are chronic pelvic pain, dyspareunia, and…

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Regulation of Inflammation in Endometriosis

Regulation of Inflammation in Endometriosis By Dr. Youngran Park

Endometriosis is an estrogen-dependent and multifaceted gynecological condition. Unfortunately, this disease frequently causes chronic and cyclic pelvic pain. Though there are several treatments are available, there is not an actual cure for this disease. Therefore, the development of new therapy…

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How to design patient-centered interventions to meet the needs of endometriosis patients

How to design patient-centered interventions to meet the needs of endometriosis patients By Selma Oransay

The treatment of endometriosis is not perfect and necessitates the development of patient-oriented care initiatives. On this basis, patient-related transparent information should be the priority for researchers to find out a way for targeted interventions. Steele et al. from Australia and…

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Is there an association between endometriosis and sexual activity during menstruation ?

Is there an association between endometriosis and sexual activity during menstruation ? By Nasuhi Engin Aydin

This recent case-control study with 185 women having endometriosis and  370 women as a control group was conducted in Tebriz University, Iran by Dr. Mollazadeh and associates.  Contemporarily, retrograde menstruation is a valid theory for disseminating endometrial tissue to the…

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Vaginal Sexual Intercourse during Menstruation

Vaginal Sexual Intercourse during Menstruation By Irem Onur

Mazokopakis and Samonis from Greece examined and discussed the vaginal sexual intercourse during menstruation from a biblical as well as a modern medical point of view in their paper published in MAEDICA – a Journal of Clinical Medicine in September 2018.…

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Sexual distress, metacognitive beliefs, and  endometriosis

Sexual distress, metacognitive beliefs, and  endometriosis By Deniz Kocas

In this study, researchers from the University of Bergamo in Italy investigated the link between sexual distress and psychological and cognitive factors in women with endometriosis. Compared to the general female population, women with endometriosis have a nine-fold increased risk…

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Does deep infiltrating endometriosis affect sexual activity?

Does deep infiltrating endometriosis affect sexual activity? By Dr. Youngran Park

Endometriosis is one of the most common gynecological diseases in women of reproductive age, and pelvic pain and infertility are the most frequent complications. There are three different type of endometriosis lesions; superficial lesions, deep lesions, and ovarian cysts. In…

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Will Getting Pregnant Make My Pain Go Away?

Will Getting Pregnant Make My Pain Go Away? By Özge Özkaya

Pregnancy can relieve the symptoms of endometriosis, according to a new study published in the European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology. However, for most women, the pain usually returns like in the case of hormonal therapy. This…

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Questionnaire based evaluation of sexual life after laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis

Questionnaire based evaluation of sexual life after laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis By Deniz Kocas

Researchers from Denmark note that laparoscopic surgery is being increasingly used for the treatment of endometriosis due to its safety and effectiveness. However, treatment success is often evaluated through follow-up on the experience of pain, leaving other important aspects of…

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Oral Contraceptives and Low-Cost Progestins to Reduce Endometriosis-Associated Pain

Oral Contraceptives and Low-Cost Progestins to Reduce Endometriosis-Associated Pain By Özge Özkaya

Most women with endometriosis-associated pain did not feel the need to use expensive progestin or undergo surgery. Instead, they were satisfied with a low-cost progestin to treat their symptoms. This is according to a study published in the journal Fertility…

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Coping with vulvovaginal pain in intimate situations

Coping with vulvovaginal pain in intimate situations By Deniz Kocas

Chronic vulvovaginal pain has a serious impact on women’s lives, affecting daily activities including sexual activities. Avoiding sexual activity has been shown to be a central coping strategy in other pain populations and has also been seen in women with…

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Deep Infiltrating Endometriosis Impairs Sexual Function

Deep Infiltrating Endometriosis Impairs Sexual Function By Kasthuri Nair

Lima et al., a group of scientists from Hospital do Servidor Público Estadual in Brazil, recently published an article entitled “Female Sexual Function in Women with Suspected Deep Infiltrating Endometriosis” in Revista Brasileira De Ginecologia E Obstetricia. The paper analyzed…

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How Does Endometriosis Affect the Sexual Satisfaction of Men?

How Does Endometriosis Affect the Sexual Satisfaction of Men? By Özge Özkaya

Although the majority of men whose partner has endometriosis are satisfied or very satisfied with their sexual relationship, the proportion of men who are not sexually satisfied is higher among those whose partner has endometriosis compared to those whose partner…

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When Endometriosis Becomes Malignant

When Endometriosis Becomes Malignant By Kasthuri Nair

Anglesio and Yong recently wrote a review titled “Endometriosis-associated Ovarian Cancers” that was published in Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology. This review explored the relationship between endometriosis and ovarian cancers. It is important to note that this review is a compilation of…

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Endometriosis and Psychological Health: Butterflies from Deep Wounds

Endometriosis and Psychological Health: Butterflies from Deep Wounds By Kasthuri Nair

Endometriosis is a grueling disease in every sense of the word; however, most of the discussions center on the physical manifestations of the disease. Facchin et al. veer from the beaten path and examine the impact endometriosis have on a…

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Sexual Pain in Endometriosis

Sexual Pain in Endometriosis By Yu Yu

Pelvic pain during sexual intercourse (deep dyspareunia) is a major concern for women with endometriosis. As many as half of women with endometriosis experience deep dyspareunia and has been shown to have a detrimental impact on quality of life. The…

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How Endometriosis Affects a Partner

How Endometriosis Affects a Partner By Kasthuri Nair

Endometriosis can significantly impact the life of the woman who has the disease as well as the life of those who support and care for her. Ameratunga et al. recently published a study titled “Exploring the impact of endometriosis on…

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The Unresolved Link Between Sexual Dysfunction and Endometriosis

The Unresolved Link Between Sexual Dysfunction and Endometriosis By Kasthuri Nair

Barbara et al. recently published a systematic review of literature in Reproductive Sciences titled “What Is Known and Unknown About the Association Between Endometriosis and Sexual Functioning” that delves into the effects that endometriosis has on female sexual dysfunction. Endometriosis…

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Endometriosis doubles the risk of sexual dysfunction

Endometriosis doubles the risk of sexual dysfunction By Karime Kalil Machado

Women with endometriosis are more than two times as likely to present sexual dysfunction as compared to women without the disease, according to a study published in Gynecologic Endocrinology. In this study conducted by researchers from the University of São…

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