BMC Research Notes (2019-02-01)

The prevalence of self-reported diagnosed endometriosis in the Australian population: results from a nationally-representative survey

  • Rebecca Reid,
  • Amie Steel,
  • Jon Wardle,
  • Erica McIntyre,
  • Joanna Harnett,
  • Hope Foley,
  • Jon Adams

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 12, no. 1
pp. 1 – 6


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Abstract Objective Currently, it is estimated that one in 10 women of reproductive age are affected by the reproductive condition known as endometriosis. However, there has been limited research and policy attention on the prevalence of endometriosis in Australia. Utilising a nationally-representative Australian sample (N = 2025), this study aimed to report on the prevalence of endometriosis in the general population and to examine the sociodemographic factors associated with the condition. Results The results identified a prevalence rate for endometriosis of 3.4%, which aligns with previous Australian research on this topic. However, the prevalence rate from this data set is lower than the estimate prevalence from the Global Burden of Disease Study. In addition, this study reported that women self-reporting diagnosis of endometriosis, were between 40–49 years of age, with a higher proportion living in South Australia (18.2%) compared to women within the general population (8.4%). The findings highlight endometriosis as a significant health care issue warranting further research and policy attention. While acknowledging some limitations, the study provides an important foundation for further large-scale research to be conducted on this important women’s health topic.