Endometriosis pain lowers work performance – study
An online survey has revealed that endometriosis pain lowers performance at work, which affects careers and overall productivity.
Endometriosis is an often painful disorder where tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus, grows outside your uterus.
It affects the ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining the pelvis.
Actresses Tia Mowry and Whoopi Goldberg, along with singer Monica are just a few of the celebrities who’ve been candid about their endometriosis diagnosis.
In Kenya, media personalities Janet Mbugua, Ciru Muriuki and Njambi Koikai have intimated their struggle with the disease.
A painful period is not normal. A period that will destabilise your normal activities is not normal. Endometriosis spread from my pelvic area, ate up my appendix, my stomach was ravaged and it moved to my lungs. @HassanAliJoho #jahmbyarmy pic.twitter.com/uh0TU6KVZq
— Jahmby Conqueror (@Jahmbeekoikai) November 2, 2018
The research published in the PLOS ONE journal noted need for strategies to improve pain control for women suffering from endometriosis.
According to endometriosisnews.com, a team at Western Sydney University and UNSW Sydney surveyed 407 women aged between 18 to 45 years old.
The participants reported diagnosis of endometriosis (340 women, 84%) or chronic pelvic pain without endometriosis (67 women, 16%).
Their results showed a significant total cost for women with chronic pelvic pain, regardless of whether they had endometriosis.
This cost was estimated at Ksh 2.1 million ($20,898) per woman every year and Ksh 1.7 million ($16,970) for women with chronic pelvic pain but no endometriosis.
83.6% of total costs in women with endometriosis and 75% of total costs in the women without that diagnosis were due to loss of productivity.
According to the study, productivity costs in Australia were higher than previous estimates based on data from Europe, the U.K., and the U.S.
Previous studies in Europe, the United Kingdom and U.S. affirm that the disease results in significant economic burden.
They report that the impact is similar to or higher than that of heart disease and diabetes and that most of the costs incurred are due to absences from work.
The primary symptoms of endometriosis are pelvic pain, often associated with menstrual periods. Although many women experience cramps during their menstrual periods, those with endometriosis typically describe menstrual pain as far worse. Common signs and symptoms of endometriosis include:
Painful periods (dysmenorrhea), pain during sexual intercourse, pain with bowel movements or urination, excessive bleeding which may be as a result of heavy menstrual periods or bleeding, infertility and sometimes you may experience fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, bloating or nausea, especially during menstrual periods.