9 Aug 2022

Participants sought: Dietary strategies to provide relief from gastrointestinal symptoms associated with endometriosis

Endometriosis is a common condition affecting up to 10% of women of reproductive age. Common symptoms include pelvic pain, dysmenorrhea and dyspareunia. However, gastrointestinal (GI) complaints are also common, affecting up to 90% of patients. Diet is commonly used to manage these GI symptoms, but very little research has examined whether they are effective.

Participants are sought for our study, which will compare the effect of diet on GI symptoms associated with endometriosis. Participants are supplied with most meals and snacks for 2x28 day intervals and dietitian support provided.

To be eligible, participants must be:

  • Diagnosed with endometriosis via laparoscopy or ultrasound
  • Aged over 18 years
  • Living in Metro-Melbourne
  • Not pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Experiencing poorly controlled bowel/gut symptoms e.g. abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea
  • Not suffering from a gut disorder e.g. coeliac disease
  • Not recovering from abdominal/ovary/uterine surgery


Dr Jane Varney, Monash University Department of Gastroenterology

Ethics Committee Project Number: 25358

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