The social and psychological impact of endometriosis on women's lives: A critical narrative review

Culley, L. and Law, C. and Hudson, N. and Denny, E. and Mitchell, H. and Baumgarten, M. and Raine-Fenning, N. (2013) The social and psychological impact of endometriosis on women's lives: A critical narrative review. Human Reproduction Update, 19 (6). pp. 625-639. ISSN 13554786 (ISSN)

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Abstract

Background: Endometriosis is a chronic condition affecting between 2 and 17% of women of reproductive age. Common symptoms are chronic pelvic pain, fatigue, congestive dysmenorrhoea, heavy menstrual bleeding and deep dyspareunia. Studies have demonstrated the considerable negative impactof this condition on women'squality of life (QoL), especially in the domains of pain and psychosocial functioning. The impact of endometriosis is likely to be exacerbated by the absence of an obvious cause and the likelihood of chronic, recurring symptoms. The aims of this paper are to reviewthe current body of knowledge on the social and psychological impact of endometriosis on women's lives; to provide insights intowomen's experience of endometriosis; to provide a critical commentaryon the current state of knowledge and tomakerecommendations for future psycho-social research. Methods: The review draws on a method of critical narrative synthesis to discuss a heterogeneous range of both quantitative and qualitative studies from several disciplines. This included a systematic search, a structured process forselecting and collecting data and a systematic thematic analysis of Results. results: A total of 42 papers were included in the review; 23 used quantitative methods, 16 used qualitative methods and 3 were mixed methods studies. The majority of papers came from just four countries: UK (10), Australia (8), Brazil (6) and the USA (5). Key categories of impact identified in the thematic analysis were diagnostic delay and uncertainty; 'QoL' and everyday activities; intimate relationships; planning for and having children; education and work; mental health and emotional wellbeing and medical management and self-management. Conclusions: Endometriosis has a significant social and psychological impact on the lives of women across several domains. Many studies have methodological limitations and there are significant gaps in the literature especially in relation to a consideration of the impact on partners and children. We recommend additional prospective and longitudinal research utilizing mixed methods approaches and endometriosis-specific instruments to explore the impact of endometriosis in more diverse populations and settings. Furthermore, there is an urgent need to develop and evaluate interventions for supporting women and partners living with this chronic and often debilitating condition. © The Author 2013.Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chronic illness, Endometriosis, Psychological, Quality of life, social, article, daily life activity, education, emotion, endometriosis, family planning, human, human relation, mental health, priority journal, psychological aspect, quality of life, social aspect, work, chronic illness, endometriosis, psychological, quality of life, social, Delayed Diagnosis, Emotions, Endometriosis, Female, Humans, Mental Health, Pelvic Pain, Prospective Studies, Qualitative Research, Quality of Life, Self Care, Sexual Behavior
Subjects: C800 Psychology
L300 Sociology
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA 03: Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing & Pharmacy
Depositing User: Hussen Farooq
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2017 10:09
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2017 10:09
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2583

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