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The Art and Science of Endometriosis: Standardizing the Measurement of Pain & Diagnostic Criteria

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October 20, 2006
Sponsored by the NICHD Division of Intramural Research (DIR) and the NIH


New Orleans, Louisiana


Endometriosis is an enigmatic condition that affects millions of women worldwide. It is defined as the presence of functioning, endometrial-like tissue outside the uterus, which often induces a chronic, inflammatory reaction. It is predominantly found in women of reproductive age, from all ethnic and social groups. The associated symptoms - dysmenorrhea, chronic pelvic pain, dyspareunia, pain on micturition/defaecation, and sub-fertility - impact on a woman’s general physical, mental and social well being. The aim of this meeting is to achieve a consensus regarding the most appropriate entry criteria, outcomes and measurement tools for clinical studies assessing treatments for endometriosis associated pain.

For Information

Dr. Pamela Stratton, Reproductive, Biology and Medicine Branch, DIR, NICHD
Tel: (301) 496-9079    

Last Updated Date: 11/30/2012
Last Reviewed Date: 11/30/2012