Health-Related Quality of Life Issues in Women With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Article first published online: 9 MAR 2006
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing
Volume 34, Issue 1, pages 12–20, January 2005
How to Cite
McCook, J. G., Reame, N. E. and Thatcher, S. S. (2005), Health-Related Quality of Life Issues in Women With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 34: 12–20. doi: 10.1177/0884217504272945
- Issue published online: 9 MAR 2006
- Article first published online: 9 MAR 2006
- Accepted: January 2004
- Polycystic ovaries;
- Quality of life
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.