Burden of endometriosis in Canada: I-Prevalence and symptomatic burden
CANSAGE ePoster Library. Singh S. 09/26/19; 275252; eP-119
Sony Singh
Sony Singh
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Objective: To describe prevalence and symptomatic burden of endometriosis (EM) in Canada. Methods: An online cross-sectional survey was fielded between December 2018 and January 2019 to Canadian women aged 18 to 49 who were members of the Survey Sampling International and two partner panels. The first part of the survey was comprised of a prevalence screener that assessed demographics, diagnosis of EM and symptomatic experience. Data was weighted by age, education, geographical region, and household income to provide nationally representative estimate of the female Canadian population. Differences between women who reported diagnosis of EM and women who did (controls) not were examined using T-tests and Chi-squared tests. Results: The survey was completed by 30,000 women. EM prevalence was estimated to be 7%. Prevalence was highest among women aged 35-39 (9.6%) and lowest among women aged 18-29 (4.9%). Mean age at survey completion among EM patients was 35.5 years (SD=8.1). The proportion of EM patients who experienced pelvic pain/cramping during menstrual period (70.3% vs. 50.7%), pelvic pain during non-menstrual days (49.5% vs. 18.7%) and pain during sex (52.5% vs. 28%) was significantly higher than controls (70.3% vs. 50.7%, 49.5% vs. 18.7%, 52.5% vs. 28%, respectively, all p<0.01). The proportion of EM patients who reported the symptoms above as extremely bothersome was also significantly higher among EM patients (41% vs. 24.7%; 34% vs. 17.2% and 36.5% vs. 22.4%; respectively all p<0.01) compared to controls.Conclusions: Endometriosis is a prevalent disease in Canada with a significant symptomatic burden.
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