Endometriosis associates with poor work ability and more sick days still at middle age - but not with unemployment or early retirement

A new general population-level study provides insights on how endometriosis can impact women's professional lives. Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside the uterus. 

Endometriosis may cause a deterioration of daily functioning due to related symptoms such as pain, fatigue and psychological distress. In the new study's results, endometriosis was linked with poor work ability and more sick days, but not with unemployment or early retirement in women in their mid-40s to early 50s.

The findings stem from a population-based group of Finnish women. The study is the first general population-level study on the association between endometriosis and work ability at middle age, including a life course approach to disability retirement.

Research publication: Rossi, H-R., et al. (2021) The association of endometriosis with work ability and work life participation in late forties and lifelong disability retirement up till age 52: A Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966 study. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica. doi.org/10.1111/aogs.14210.

Last updated: 9.7.2021