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J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2006 May-Jun;35(3):385-92.

The lived experience of women diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome.

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School of Nursing, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ 08628, USA. bsnyder@tcnj.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To uncover the meaning of living with polycystic ovary syndrome.

DESIGN:

Phenomenology.

SETTING:

A women's health care practice in northeast United States.

PARTICIPANTS:

A purposive sample consisting of 12 women, ages 21 to 48 years, who had been previously diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome.

DATA COLLECTION:

Semistructured interviews.

RESULTS:

Analysis of the participants' responses revealed the following themes: (a) identifying differences, (b) wanting to be normal, (c) searching for answers, (d) gaining control, (e) attempting to achieve femininity, (f) letting go of guilt, and (g) dealing with it.

CONCLUSIONS:

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a syndrome that impacts women both physically and psychosocially. Nurses can play a key role in assisting women afflicted with this hormonal disturbance through education and support.

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