Stigma and Endometriosis: A Brief Overview and Recommendations to Improve Psychosocial Well-Being and Diagnostic Delay

The Society for Women’s Health research (SWHR) published an article in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, as part of its special issue, “Women’s Health Care: Menstrual Disorders, Endometriosis, and Chronic Pelvic Pain.” This paper was inspired by meetings of SWHR’s Endometriosis Network, in which participants raised the need to address how women living with endometriosis experience stigma that affects how they navigate their diagnosis and best care for their health.

Within the paper, authors present the clinical characteristics and physical and mental health consequences associated with endometriosis, highlight theoretical constructs of stigma, and review the limited studies documenting women’s lived experiences of endometriosis-related stigma. They also present recommendations on how to mitigate the harmful effects of endometriosis-related stigma.

READ THE FULL PAPER HERE

The Society for Women’s Health research (SWHR) published an article in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, as part of its special issue, “Women’s Health Care: Menstrual Disorders, Endometriosis, and Chronic Pelvic Pain.” This paper was inspired by meetings of SWHR’s Endometriosis Network, in which participants raised the need to address how women living with endometriosis experience stigma that affects how they navigate their diagnosis and best care for their health.

Within the paper, authors present the clinical characteristics and physical and mental health consequences associated with endometriosis, highlight theoretical constructs of stigma, and review the limited studies documenting women’s lived experiences of endometriosis-related stigma. They also present recommendations on how to mitigate the harmful effects of endometriosis-related stigma.

READ THE FULL PAPER HERE