Endometriosis has a multifactorial etiology. The onset and progression of the disease are believed to be related to different pathogenic mechanisms. Among them, the environment and lifestyle may play significant roles. Diet, dietary supplements, physical exercise, osteopathy, massage, acupuncture, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, and Chinese herbal medicine may represent a complementary and feasible approach in the treatment of symptoms related to the disease. In this narrative review, we aimed to examine the most updated evidence on these alternative approaches implicated in the self-management of the disease. In addition, several studies have demonstrated that endometriosis may negatively impact mental health and quality of life, suggesting that affected women may have an increased risk of developing psychological suffering as well as sexual problems due to the presence of pain. In light of these findings, we discuss the importance of integrating psychological interventions (including psychotherapy) and sexual therapy in endometriosis treatment.

Self-management and psychological-sexological interventions in patients with endometriosis: strategies, outcomes, and integration into clinical care / L. Buggio, G. Barbara, F. Facchin, M.P. Frattaruolo, G. Aimi, N. Berlanda. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF WOMEN'S HEALTH. - ISSN 1179-1411. - 9(2017), pp. 281-293. [10.2147/IJWH.S119724]

Self-management and psychological-sexological interventions in patients with endometriosis: strategies, outcomes, and integration into clinical care

L. Buggio
Primo
;
G. Barbara
Secondo
;
M.P. Frattaruolo;G. Aimi
Penultimo
;
N. Berlanda
Ultimo
2017

Abstract

Endometriosis has a multifactorial etiology. The onset and progression of the disease are believed to be related to different pathogenic mechanisms. Among them, the environment and lifestyle may play significant roles. Diet, dietary supplements, physical exercise, osteopathy, massage, acupuncture, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, and Chinese herbal medicine may represent a complementary and feasible approach in the treatment of symptoms related to the disease. In this narrative review, we aimed to examine the most updated evidence on these alternative approaches implicated in the self-management of the disease. In addition, several studies have demonstrated that endometriosis may negatively impact mental health and quality of life, suggesting that affected women may have an increased risk of developing psychological suffering as well as sexual problems due to the presence of pain. In light of these findings, we discuss the importance of integrating psychological interventions (including psychotherapy) and sexual therapy in endometriosis treatment.
alternative medicine; diet; physical activity; psychotherapy; sexual therapy
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