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Study finds significant loss of work productivity among women who suffer from endometriosis

January 26, 2016

"Through its symptoms, endometriosis impairs quality of life in all the areas covered by the Short Form (36) Health Survey (SF-36), a standard tool for measuring health-related quality of life, except for physical functioning and mental health. As symptoms become more severe, quality of life worsens," said Dr. Nnoaham. 

The researchers also noted a diagnostic delay of seven years from when women first presented to their primary physicians with symptoms until they were diagnosed - clocking up an average of 6.7 consultations before referral to a specialist.

"Our results raise a lot of research questions," said Dr. Krina Zondervan, genetic epidemiologist and senior scientist at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, who was the principal investigator on the study. "For example, why does endometriosis affect different women in a different way? Does the impact of symptoms change after a diagnosis is made? More importantly, we can build on these findings to look at how a woman's experience of the diagnostic and treatment process can be improved. The data registries resulting from the GSWH will serve as a repository for ongoing and future studies, as well as for biological investigations into the origins of endometriosis and diagnostic markers for it."

"We hope that our study will underline the need for raising awareness, reducing time to diagnosis, improving care, and increasing funding for research into finding better treatments for this distressing condition," Dr. Nnoaham concluded.

SOURCE European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology