Attractiveness of women with rectovaginal endometriosis: a case-control study

Capsule:
Women with rectovaginal endometriosis were judged more physically attractive than women with peritoneal or ovarian endometriosis and than women with other benign gynecological conditions.

Authors:
Paolo Vercellini, M.D., Laura Buggio, M.D., Edgardo Somigliana, M.D., Giussy Barbara, M.D., Paola Viganò, Ph.D., Luigi Fedele, M.D.

Volume 99, Issue 1, Pages 212-218, January 2013

Abstract:

Objective:
To evaluate physical attractiveness in women with and without endometriosis.

Design:
Case-control study.

Setting:
Academic hospital.

Patients:
Three hundred nulliparous women.

Intervention:
Assessment of attractiveness by four independent female and male observers.

Main outcome measure:
A graded attractiveness rating scale.

Results:
A total of 31 of 100 women in the rectovaginal endometriosis group (cases) were judged as attractive or very attractive, compared with 8 of 100 in the peritoneal and ovarian endometriosis group, and 9 of 100 in the group of subjects without endometriosis. A higher proportion of cases first had intercourse before age 18 (53%, 39%, and 30%, respectively). The mean ± SD body mass index in women with rectovaginal endometriosis, in those with other disease forms, and in those without endometriosis was, respectively, 21.0 ± 2.5, 21.3 ± 3.3 and 22.1 ± 3.6. The median (interquartile range) waist-to-hip ratio and breast-to-underbreast ratio were, respectively, 0.75 [0.71-0.81], 0.76 [0.71-0.81] and 0.78 [0.73-0.83; P = .08], and 1.15 [1.12-1.20], 1.14 [1.10-1.17] and 1.15 [1.11-1.18; P = .044].

Conclusions:
Women with rectovaginal endometriosis were judged to be more attractive than those in the two control groups. Moreover, they had a leaner silhouette, larger breasts, and an earlier coitarche.

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