Of PCOS Symptoms, Hirsutism Has the Most Significant Impact on the Quality of Life of Iranian Women

    April 2015 in “PLOS ONE
    Mahnaz Bahri Khomami, Fahimeh Ramezani Tehrani, Somayeh Hashemi, Maryam Farahmand, Fereidoun Azizi
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    TLDR Excessive hair growth affects the quality of life of Iranian women with PCOS the most.
    In 2015, a study was conducted on 796 Iranian women aged 15-49 years diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). The study found that hirsutism, or excessive hair growth, had the most significant impact on their health-related quality of life. Other PCOS symptoms such as obesity, irregular menses, and infertility also affected their quality of life, but hirsutism was the most impactful. The study also found that the severity of hirsutism was directly proportional to the decrease in health-related quality of life score. The study concluded that healthcare officials should consider each clinical feature of PCOS separately when designing management strategies due to their varying impacts on psychological and physical health.
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