How can women with endometriosis thrive sexually?

Affecting about 200 million women worldwide, endometriosis occurs when endometriotic tissue (which typically lines the inside of the uterus) grows outside the uterus. This tissue might be found on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder, rectum, or intestines. It can also appear on the peritoneum, (the membrane that lines the abdominal cavity), and can even affect the thoracic cavity (namely the lungs and diaphragm).

Women with endometriosis experience chronic pelvic pain, which usually worsen before and during menstrual periods. Sexual pain is particularly common.

Depending on the severity, endometriosis might be treated with medications or surgery.

Endometriosis can affect a woman’s sexuality in many ways:

Fortunately, women with endometriosis can still have satisfying sex. 


Endometriosis Foundation of America

Hurley, Ellie

“How to Navigate Sex with Endometriosis”

(May 12, 2020)

“What is Endometriosis?” 

Canter, Julie Davis

“What to Do When Sex Hurts With Endometriosis”

(Last updated: January 16, 2018)


“Endometriosis and Intimacy”

(Last reviewed: January 11, 2021)

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