Preliminary insights on the relation between endometriosis, pelvic pain, and employment

Federica Facchin, Laura Buggio, Federica Ottolini, Giussy Barbara, Emanuela Saita, Paolo Vercellini

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Abstract

Aims: The economic burden of endometriosis and pelvic pain involves direct and indirect healthcare costs due to work loss and decreased productivity. However, the relation between endometriosis, pelvic pain, and employment remains underinvestigated. This study aimed at providing preliminary insights into this topic. Methods: We compared the employment status (having vs. not having a job) in 298 consecutive endometriosis patients and in 332 women without a history of endometriosis (control group). We also examined the association between pelvic pain and employment status. Results: Women with endometriosis were less likely to be employed compared to women without endometriosis (OR 0.508; 95% CI 0.284-0.908; p = 0.022). Women with symptomatic endometriosis were less likely to be employed relative to controls (OR 0.345; 95% CI 0.184-0.650; p = 0.001), as well as to asymptomatic endometriosis patients (OR 0.362; 95% CI 0.167-0.785; p = 0.01). No significant differences emerged between asymptomatic endometriosis and the control group (p > 0.05). Greater severity of dysmenorrhea, dyspareunia, chronic pelvic pain, and dyschezia was found in unemployed endometriosis patients (vs. employed endometriosis participants). Conclusion: Endometriosis symptoms may significantly affect women's professional life, with important socioeconomic, legal, and political implications. Community-based participatory research is encouraged.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-195
Number of pages6
JournalGynecologic and Obstetric Investigation
Volume84
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Employment
  • Endometriosis
  • Endometriosis symptoms
  • Impact of endometriosis
  • Pelvic pain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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