Title, Synopsis and Publications Investigators and Collaborators
Trajectories of psychological wellbeing in women with endometriosis
Despite a recent rapid increase in research concerning aetiology and treatment of endometriosis, there has been limited focus on understanding the experiences of women diagnosed with this condition. In particular, there is a dearth of research investigating the psychological impact of endometriosis over time. Prior analyses of data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health has identified a high prevalence of psychological distress amongst women with endometriosis. Yet, no study to date has investigated psychological distress over time. As endometriosis is a chronic and cyclical condition, it is expected that as the condition progresses or changes, so too will the psychological health of those affected. Understanding how psychological distress changes over time, and describing the potential patterns of distress, will enable us to understand the experiences of this population more thoroughly. To address this gap in the literature, we aim to describe trajectories of psychological distress in women with endometriosis who have participated in the ALSWH.

Prof Deborah Loxton
Prof Kerry Sherman
Dr Alissa Beath
Ms Carla Sullivan-Myers