Posted by Chantel Martiromo, research contributed by PubMed
Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) fail to conform with societal norms for outer appearance. According to the study by the Northwestern University, posted in PubMed, many PCOS
patients thus feel stigmatized in the sense of a loss of "feminine
identity." In addition to somatic impairment, mood disturbances such as
depression and limitations in emotional well-being, quality of life, and
life satisfaction, the diagnosis of PCOS
also has a negative impact on sexual self-worth and sexual
satisfaction. Both obesity and hirsutism are major determinants of the
physical component of quality of life in affected women. However, its
psychological aspect appears to be inherent and specific for PCOS.
Confirmation of the diagnosis and provision of detailed information to
affected women, together with the availability of interdisciplinary
treatment aimed at improving PCOS-related symptoms, such as hirsutism, obesity, menstrual irregularity, and infertility,
will also reduce psychological distress and improve sexual self-worth.
New treatment options, including insulin sensitizers, psychological
counseling, and participation in a PCOS support group, are likely to further improve life satisfaction and coping of affected women.
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