Document Type : Review Article

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Clinical and Health Psychology, Department of Dynamical, Clinical and Health Psychology, Sapienza University, School of Specialization in Health Psychology, Rome, Italy

10.30476/whb.2021.91557.1128

Abstract

Context: Endometriosis is a chronic condition affecting 10% of women in their reproductive age worldwide. Endometriosis symptoms can seriously impact the quality of life and the mental health of women. Although it could be found in over 60% of adolescent girls and adolescents may suffer from advanced forms of it, there are not enough studies on psychological impacts of endometriosis in adolescence.
Evidence acquisition: In this narrative review study, research studies and systematic review studies conducted from 2000 to 2021 were searched in the PubMed, Medline, and Scopus with the following keywords: “young women OR adolescents OR adolescence” AND “endometriosis” AND “psychologic* OR emotions OR well-being OR quality of life”.
Results: Endometriosis symptoms substantially affect the psychological well-being of young women. They often report physical pain, reduced general health and vitality, poor physical and social functioning, as well as limitations in emotional functioning.
Conclusions: These data highlighted the need for increased awareness concerning this disease for its early diagnosis and focused on healthcare assistance and psychological support for adolescent girls with this condition.

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