A snapshot of the lives of women with polycystic ovary syndrome: a photovoice investigation

Sophie Williams, David Sheffield, Rebecca C. Knibb

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Abstract

Polycystic ovary syndrome affects 6  percent of women. Symptoms include hirsutism, acne, and infertility. This research explores the impact of polycystic ovary syndrome on women's lives using photovoice. Nine participants photographed objects related to their quality of life and made diary entries explaining each photograph. Three themes emerged from thematic analysis of the diaries: control (of symptoms and polycystic ovary syndrome controlling their lives), perception (of self, others, and their situation), and support (from relationships, health care systems, and education). These findings illuminate positive aspects of living with polycystic ovary syndrome and the role pets and social networking sites play in providing support for women with polycystic ovary syndrome.
LanguageEnglish
Pages1170-1182
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume21
Issue number6
Early online date9 Sep 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016

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Keywords

  • chronic illness
  • optimism
  • photovoice
  • polycystic ovary syndrome
  • qualitative methods
  • women’s health
  • well-being

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