While it is a common misconception that all women with endometriosis will experience infertility, endometriosis and infertility can be connected. Studies show that approximately 20-50% of women with infertility will be diagnosed with endometriosis, and 30-50% of women with endometriosis will experience infertility.1-3
Given the important relationship between endometriosis and infertility, researchers at the The College of New Jersey are conducting a study to understand the experiences of motherhood among women have experienced infertility prior to motherhood. The study, led by Dr. Jessica Barnack-Tavlaris, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Psychology at The College of New Jersey, will focus on the transition to motherhood after infertility, and ways to help women to make this transition.
Who is eligible to participate?
Participants must be at least 18 years of age, have become a mother in the past 10 years, have experienced infertility before becoming a mother, and speak English. Interviews will be conducted either in-person or via Skype.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Barnack-Tavlairs at [email protected] for more information. The study will take place through November 2018.
Why is this research important?
Infertility and motherhood are two profound experiences in a woman’s life. Many women with endometriosis experience infertility, and some are able to become mothers. Sharing your experiences may help further the scientific understanding of motherhood for women who have experienced infertility, as well as help other women who are experiencing fertility difficulties.
A message from the researcher
“My interest in this research topic is both professional and personal. My research specialization for over 15 years has been in reproductive and sexual health. On a personal level, I have endometriosis, experienced infertility that was caused in part by my endometriosis, and am now a mother.”
Additional study information
Following the interview, participants will be compensated with a $25 Amazon gift card (or another store of their choice). The study has been IRB approved and is US-based.
The lead researcher, Dr. Jessica Barnack-Tavlaris, is an advocate for Endometriosis.net. However, this study is not sponsored by or affiliated with Endometrisis.net. Click here to read more from Jessica.
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