Objectives. Our study assesses the social and psychological impact of the symptoms of endometriosis. Materials and methods. This crosssectional study was conducted from January 2014 to January 2016. The research involved two groups. The study instrument, the EHP-5 questionnaire, was completed by the respondents on the admission date or on the routine gynecological visit day. Results. Endometriosis has a negative social and psychological impact on women’s life, the most affected areas being work, fertility and sexual activity. Moreover, pain and the negative perception of self-image are major sources of distress. Conclusion. The symptoms and effects of endometriosis, especially chronic pelvic pain, mood changes and infertility, are significant negative factors in women’s life. The authors further conclude that the EHP-5 questionnaire can be more widely used to help select women who may need special attention in terms of their quality of life, thus helping gynecologists refer affected women to a health care professional.
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Baciu, Iulia; Irimie-Ana, Alecsandra; Panaitescu, Anca Maria; Peltecu, Gheorghe; Gica, Corina; and Gica, Nicolae
"The social and the psychological impact of endometriosis on the Romanian urban population,"
Journal of Mind and Medical Sciences: Vol. 8
, Article 16.
Available at: https://scholar.valpo.edu/jmms/vol8/iss1/16