Nudra Malik*, Memoona Ahmed
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common endocrine disorders in women having characteristic features which could be extremely distressing for women. It is a condition which affects various aspects of a woman's psychological wellbeing and quality of life. However, these aspects have not received sufficient attention in Pakistan. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship among PCOS quality of life, body image dissatisfaction and depression in women having PCOS. It was a cross sectional study conducted at the department of gynecology of two government hospitals of Lahore from February 2020 to April 2020. PCOS diagnosed women (N=150) with age ranging from 18-40 years were selected using convenience sampling technique. Beck depression inventory, polycystic ovary syndrome questionnaire and body shape questionnaire were used for collection of data. The results revealed PCOS quality of life and body image dissatisfaction to be significant predictors of depression (p<0.05) in women. Women having depressive symptoms had low quality of life scores and infertility was found to be the quality of life domain which PCOS affected the most followed by excess body weight and hirsutism. Women having polycystic ovary syndrome experience numerous physiological and psychological challenges, however, the psychological component of this complex condition largely goes unnoticed. It is recommended that care of these women should adopt a holistic approach and must include behavioral health professionals to provide comprehensive care.