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J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2005 Jan-Feb;34(1):12-20.

Health-related quality of life issues in women with polycystic ovary syndrome.

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East Tennessee State University College of Nursing, Johnson City, TN, USA. mccook@etsu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the influence of obesity, fertility status, and androgenism scores on health-related quality of life in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

DESIGN:

Cross-sectional, correlational.

SETTING:

Private reproductive endocrinology practice in two southeast U.S. cities.

PARTICIPANTS:

Convenience sample of 128 women with PCOS, half of whom were attempting to conceive in addition to being treated for PCOS. Most were White (97%), married (78%), with a mean age of 30.4 years (SD +/- 5.5).

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

The Health-Related Quality of Life Questionnaire (PCOSQ) for women with polycystic ovary syndrome. A laboratory panel and clinical measures, including body mass index, waist-to-hip ratio, and degree of hirsutism.

RESULTS:

The most common health-related quality of life concern reported by women with PCOS was weight, followed in descending order by menstrual problems, infertility, emotions, and body hair.

CONCLUSIONS:

The psychological implications of PCOS are easily underestimated and have been largely ignored. Nursing has a pivotal role in recognizing these concerns and implementing therapy to improve quality of life in women with PCOS.

PMID:
15673641
DOI:
10.1177/0884217504272945
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