Go figure the pain of endometriosis might cause sexual dysfunction…

Most patients with deep infiltrating endometriosis experience sexual dysfunction, with deep dyspareunia, or pain during intercourse, having the most significant impact, researchers found.
The study, “Female Sexual Function in Women with Suspected Deep Infiltrating Endometriosis,” was published in the Brazil Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

The quality of life of patients with endometriosis has been found to be significantly impaired. Specifically, deep dyspareunia is known to significantly impact a patient’s sexual life, with its association to reduced frequency of sexual intercourse, decreased sexual desire and arousal, and fewer orgasms.

This is important however, as the article states 10%-20% of women experience endometriosis. (Buck, et. al. 2011 say 11%(1)Buck, L.G.M., Hediger, M.L., Peterson, C.M., Croughan, M., Sundaram, R., Stanford, J., Chen, Z., et al. (2011). Incidence of endometriosis by study population and diagnostic method: the ENDO study. Fertility and Sterility; 96(2): 360-5..

In reading the article, they found “the prevalence of sexual dysfunction among the patients with suspected or confirmed diagnosis of DIE was 67.2%”. They also reference two other studies that found rates of 50%(2)Di Donato N, Montanari G, Benfenati A. , et al. Do women with endometriosis have to worry about sex?. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol 2014; 179: 69-74 . Doi: 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2014.05.022  and 73%(3)Jia SZ, Leng JH, Sun PR, Lang JH. Prevalence and associated factors of female sexual dysfunction in women with endometriosis. Obstet Gynecol 2013; 121 (03) 601-606 . Doi: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e3182835777.

Click here to view the original journal article in the Brazil Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics

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1. Buck, L.G.M., Hediger, M.L., Peterson, C.M., Croughan, M., Sundaram, R., Stanford, J., Chen, Z., et al. (2011). Incidence of endometriosis by study population and diagnostic method: the ENDO study. Fertility and Sterility; 96(2): 360-5.
2. Di Donato N, Montanari G, Benfenati A. , et al. Do women with endometriosis have to worry about sex?. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol 2014; 179: 69-74 . Doi: 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2014.05.022
3. Jia SZ, Leng JH, Sun PR, Lang JH. Prevalence and associated factors of female sexual dysfunction in women with endometriosis. Obstet Gynecol 2013; 121 (03) 601-606 . Doi: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e3182835777