Psychological complications of polycystic ovarian syndrome and women’s health


  • Umber Fatima Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Medical and Dental College, Faisalabad, Pakistan
  • Mubashra Naz Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Medical and Dental College, Faisalabad, Pakistan
  • Humaira Zafar Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Medical and Dental College, Faisalabad, Pakistan
  • Anees Fatima Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Medical and Dental College, Faisalabad, Pakistan
  • Attiya Yasmeen Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Medical and Dental College, Faisalabad, Pakistan



Anxiety, Depression, Polycystic ovary, Psychological complications


Background: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) affects approximately 5-10% females of reproductive age worldwide. Recent research shows that this syndrome is associated with psychological upset and devastating effects on women′s mental health and wellbeing.  Lack of clinicians′ awareness of adverse psychological effects is a major concern in developing countries to provide standard care and to improve overall health outcomes.

Purpose of study was to determine the frequency of anxiety and depression among women with PCOS in order to promote awareness among clinicians about psychological complications of disease.

Methods: Present study was conducted in the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology/ University Medical and Dental College, from October 2018 to March 2019. Sixty patients with diagnosis of PCOD and sixty participants without this disease were included in the study. Participants having other endocrine or metabolic disorders were excluded from study. Hospital anxiety and depression scale was used to detect anxiety and depression among both groups. SPSS version 16 was used for data analysis. Chi- square test was applied to compare prevalence of anxiety and depression in both groups, p-value ˂0.05 was taken as statistically significant.

Results: Women having PCOD exhibited statistically significant prevalence of anxiety (78.3% vs 35%) and depression (60% vs 30%) with p value of 0.0001 and 0.001 respectively.

Conclusions: It is highly recommended that initial evaluation of these patients should include assessment of psychological domain of disease to provide more comprehensive treatment to improve overall health related quality of life.


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How to Cite

Fatima, U., Naz, M., Zafar, H., Fatima, A., & Yasmeen, A. (2019). Psychological complications of polycystic ovarian syndrome and women’s health. International Journal of Research in Medical Sciences, 8(1), 159–164.



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