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Effect of Antioxidant Supplementation on Endometriosis-Related Pain: A Systematic Review

Abstract

Purpose of Review

This study was conducted to determine the effects of antioxidant supplementation on endometriosis-related chronic pelvic pain, dysmenorrhea, and dyspareunia.

Methods

PubMed/MEDLINE, Scopus, and Cochrane Library databases and the Google Scholar search engine were searched from early 2012 to 2022 using appropriate keywords for clinical trials receiving antioxidant supplements and reporting endometriosis-related pelvic pain (PROSPERO registration number CRD42022318924). The qualities of the included studies were evaluated using the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Checklists Critical Appraisal Tools and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) quality assessment tool for before-after (Pre-Post) study with no control group. This systematic review was reported according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (PRISMA) guideline.

Results

In this systematic review, 8 studies (5 RCTs and 3 non-comparative trials) published in 2012–2022 were included.

Conclusions

The studies we included showed promising results in the use of antioxidants in endometriosis-related pain. However, many scientific studies are needed for clear statements.

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Sukan, B., Akdevelioğlu, Y. & Sukan, V.N. Effect of Antioxidant Supplementation on Endometriosis-Related Pain: A Systematic Review. Curr Nutr Rep (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13668-022-00432-1

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  • Endometriosis
  • Antioxidant supplementation
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Dyspareunia