Learning to take charge : women's experiences of living with endometriosis

Cox, Helen, Henderson, Lorraine, Wood, Ros and Cagliarini, Glenda 2003, Learning to take charge : women's experiences of living with endometriosis, Complementary therapies in nursing and midwifery, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 62-68, doi: 10.1016/S1353-6117(02)00138-5.

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Title Learning to take charge : women's experiences of living with endometriosis
Author(s) Cox, Helen
Henderson, Lorraine
Wood, Ros
Cagliarini, Glenda
Journal name Complementary therapies in nursing and midwifery
Volume number 9
Issue number 2
Start page 62
End page 68
Publisher Churchill Livingston
Place of publication Edinburgh, Scotland
Publication date 2003-05
ISSN 1353-6117
Keyword(s) endometriosis
women's health
taking control
complementary therapies
alternative therapies
Summary This paper describes aspects of a study that was conducted to determine women's needs for information related to laparoscopy for endometriosis. Sixty-one women attended focus groups, during which they described endometriosis as a disease of multiple losses: of relationships, of career and of a sense of self-worth. The women indicated that the pathway to diagnosis and treatment had been long and unnecessarily difficult. Many women said that they had reached a point where they decided enough was enough: the medical merry-go-round had to finish. They had to become assertive, take control and decide for themselves how they were going to manage their disease and their quality of life. For all but one woman in the study, complementary therapies were vital. For some women, alternative therapies had replaced allopathic medicine completely. Complementary/alternative therapies were a mechanism for regaining control.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/S1353-6117(02)00138-5
Field of Research 110499 Complementary and Alternative Medicine not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Elsevier Science Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002206

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: Faculty of Health
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