Association of body mass index with severity of endometriosis in Korean women

Kyong Wook Yi, Jung Ho Shin, Man Sik Park, Tak Kim, Sun Haeng Kim, Jun Young Hur

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Objective: To investigate the relationship between endometriosis severity and body mass index (BMI). Methods: Of 481 women seen for endometriosis at a university hospital in Korea, 153 had stage I, 113 had stage II, 110 had stage III, and 105 had stage IV disease. The patients' BMIs were categorized according to World Health Organization criteria for Asian-Pacific populations. Results: Women with early or mild endometriosis (stages I or II) had a significantly higher BMI than those with advanced disease (stages III or IV) (P < 0.001). After adjusting for age, parity, and menstrual factors, an association between BMI and disease stage remained significant (P < 0.001). Conclusion: Women with advanced-stage endometriosis had lower BMIs than those with minimal or mild disease, and BMI was significantly associated with disease severity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-42
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Apr
Externally publishedYes


  • Body mass index
  • Disease severity
  • Endometriosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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