‘Everything’s from the inside out with PCOS’: exploring women’s experiences of living with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and co-morbidities through Skype™ interviews

Sophie Williams, David Sheffield, Rebecca C. Knibb

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Abstract

Polycystic ovary syndrome is an endocrine disorder affecting 1 in 10 women. Women with polycystic ovary syndrome can experience co-morbidities, including depressive symptoms. This research explores the experience of living with polycystic ovary syndrome and co-morbidities. Totally, 10 participants with polycystic ovary syndrome took part in Skype™ interviews and analysed using thematic analysis. Four themes emerged from the data: change (to life plans and changing nature of condition); support (healthcare professionals, education and relationships); co-morbidities (living with other conditions and depression, self-harm and suicidal ideation) and identity (feminine identity and us and them). The findings highlight the need for screening of women with polycystic ovary syndrome for depressive disorders.
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Psychology Open
Volume2
Issue number2
Early online date31 Aug 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Interviews
Morbidity
Depression
Suicidal Ideation
Professional Education
Depressive Disorder
Delivery of Health Care
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Keywords

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Skype

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