The Lived Experience of Women Diagnosed With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Version of Record online: 11 MAY 2006
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing
Volume 35, Issue 3, pages 385–392, May/June 2006
How to Cite
Snyder, B. S. (2006), The Lived Experience of Women Diagnosed With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 35: 385–392. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2006.00047.x
- Issue online: 11 MAY 2006
- Version of Record online: 11 MAY 2006
- Accepted: September 2005
- Lived Experience;
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Objective: To uncover the meaning of living with polycystic ovary syndrome.
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. JOGNN, 35, 385-392; 2006. DOI: 10.1111/J.1552-6909.2006.00047.x