Sexuality in women with endometriosis: A critical narrative review

Valentina Lucia la Rosa, Pasquale de Franciscis, Fabio Barra, Antonio Schiattarella, Alessandro Tropea, Jan Tesarik, Mohsin Shah, Ilker Kahramanoglu, Tais Marques Cerentini, Marco Ponta, Simone Ferrero

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Endometriosis is a chronic gynecological disease that generally affects young and sexually active women in different stages of their development and sexual life. Because endometriosis affects about 5-10% of women in reproductive age, it is possible to estimate that about 2-4% of those who are sexually active may suffer from sexual dysfunction caused by this disease. Surgical and pharmacological treatments of endometriosis can improve the patient’s sexual function in the medium and long term, but not necessarily lead to a definitive resolution of the sexual issue. For this reason, the ideal treatment should be conducted by a multidisciplinary team, with the aim to improve overall sexual functioning and not only to reduce the painful symptoms during intercourse. In light of these considerations, the aim of this narrative review was to provide a general overview about the impact of endometriosis on sexuality of women affected and the effectiveness of surgical and pharmacological treatments in improving sexual function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-89
Number of pages11
JournalMinerva Medica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020



  • Endometriosis
  • Pain
  • Sexual dysfunction, physiological
  • Sexuality
  • Therapeutics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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la Rosa, V. L., de Franciscis, P., Barra, F., Schiattarella, A., Tropea, A., Tesarik, J., Shah, M., Kahramanoglu, I., Marques Cerentini, T., Ponta, M., & Ferrero, S. (2020). Sexuality in women with endometriosis: A critical narrative review. Minerva Medica, 111(1), 79-89.