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Male Partners and Endometriosis

Male Partners and EndometriosisMen don’t get endometriosis, but it can still have an impact on their sex lives, according to new research.

Endometriosis occurs when tissue from the uterine lining (the endometrium) grows outside of the uterus. It can grow on the ovaries, bladder, rectum, and other abdominal areas.

There is no cure for endometriosis, and while it can be managed through medications and surgery, it can be quite painful. Sex can be uncomfortable, and some women avoid intimacy because they are anxious about pain.

How does the situation affect their male partners? Researchers considered this question and shared their findings in a 2018 Journal of Sexual Medicine study.

The researchers compared related questionnaire results from 236 male partners of women with endometriosis and an additional 236 male partners of women who didn’t have endometriosis. For each group, the women were similar in age and ethnic background, and the men’s average age was around 38 years old. They lived in Switzerland, Germany, and Austria.

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