Investigating the challenges couples with endometriosis face

Investigators at the University of Ottawa are looking for couples where one partner has been diagnosed with endometriosis to investigate the challenges couples with endometriosis face and the ways they have attempted to cope with the pain and impairment to sexual, relational, and psychological wellbeing.

Inclusion criteria

To be eligible to participate, both partners must agree, and:

  • be in a committed romantic relationship for at least 12 months
  • see each other in-person at least 4 times a week
  • be 18 years or older
  • have previous sexual experience
  • be able to read and understand English
  • not currently pregnant or within one year postpartum.

The person with endometriosis, who is interested in participating, will first take part in an eligibility screening process and other eligibility requirements may apply.

What does this endometriosis study involve?

If you are eligible and agree to participate, both partners will individually complete an online survey that will take 30-minutes. Both partners will also participate together in a 30-minute interview conducted over an encrypted tele-health platform.

As a thank you for completing the survey questions and interview each member of the couple will receive a CAD$18 (or USD equivalent) Amazon gift card.

Couples will also complete daily surveys (5-12 minutes) for a period of 35-days. As a thank you for completing the daily surveys each couple will receive a CAD$18.00 (or USD equivalent) Amazon gift card.

All compensation will be awarded at the end of the 35-day survey period.

To participate

To participate in the study, or to find out more, please contact us at

This research is being conducted through the University of Ottawa, independently from any healthcare or educational organisation or agency. This study is conducted by the primary investigator, Dr Serena Corsini-Munt through the University of Ottawa and has been approved by its Office of Research Ethics and Integrity.

*This study aims to be inclusive to individuals of all gender identities, bodies, and orientations. Thank you in advance for your interest in our research!

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