The COVID-19 pandemic and patients with endometriosis: A survey-based study conducted in Turkey

Bahat P. Y., Kaya C., Selcuki N. F. T., Polat I., Usta T., Oral E.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GYNECOLOGY & OBSTETRICS, vol.151, no.2, pp.249-252, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 151 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/ijgo.13339
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, CAB Abstracts, CINAHL, EMBASE, Gender Studies Database, MEDLINE, Public Affairs Index
  • Page Numbers: pp.249-252
  • Keywords: COVID-19, OB, GYN, Pandemic, Physician, Stress, Survey, POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS
  • Acibadem Mehmet Ali Aydinlar University Affiliated: No


Objective To apply rapid online surveying to determine the knowledge and perceptions of the COVID-19 pandemic on patients with endometriosis in Turkey. Methods An online survey was conducted by the Turkish Endometriosis & Adenomyosis Society and administered to patients with endometriosis who agreed to participate in the study. The survey included 25 questions prepared by an expert committee of four professionals (two gynecologists and two endometriosis specialists). Results Of the 290 questionnaires sent out, 261 (90%) were returned. A total of 213 (83.86%) patients reported that they were afraid of having endometriosis-related problems during the pandemic period. In addition, 133 (53.63%) patients thought the management of their endometriosis was affected because of the pandemic. Conclusion Clinical studies clearly indicate that endometriosis is a condition associated with high levels of chronic stress. The COVID-19 pandemic has led the public to experience psychological problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder, psychological distress, depression, and anxiety. The majority of patients with endometriosis were afraid of having endometriosis-related problems during the pandemic period. The majority of elective endometriosis surgeries have not been postponed. Patients were highly aware of the pandemic and practiced social distancing and hygiene. Only 4 (1.59%) patients with endometriosis required hospitalization.