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Archives of Women's Mental Health

, Volume 22, Issue 6, pp 723–735 | Cite as

Psychological interventions for endometriosis-related symptoms: a systematic review with narrative data synthesis

  • Leesa Van NiekerkEmail author
  • Bronwyn Weaver-Pirie
  • Mandy Matthewson
Review Article

Abstract

Endometriosis impacts the physical, psychological and quality of life domains of women. Despite the medical and/or surgical management of endometriosis, the presence of persistent pelvic pain and psychological distress often continues, suggesting a role for psychological interventions in treatment planning. The present study aimed to conduct the first systematic review, with narrative data synthesis, on psychological interventions for endometriosis-related symptoms. The study also aimed to determine the effectiveness of current interventions in resolving psychological and pain-related loss of function associated with endometriosis and to identify gaps in the literature requiring further research. A total of 15,816 studies were retrieved through database searching and handsearching, with two researchers identifying 11 full-text studies that met inclusion criteria. Three studies of ‘moderate’ quality were identified, although the overall quality of studies was found to be ‘weak’, with a ‘high’ risk of bias. The findings regarding the effectiveness of psychological interventions for endometriosis-related symptoms remain inconclusive. Further research into psychological interventions for women with endometriosis that employ evidence-based protocols with high intervention integrity is recommended.

Keywords

Endometriosis Psychological intervention Persistent pelvic pain Quality of life 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leesa Van Niekerk
    • 1
    Email author
  • Bronwyn Weaver-Pirie
    • 1
  • Mandy Matthewson
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Health and Medicine, Division of PsychologyUniversity of TasmaniaHobartAustralia

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