Polycystic ovarian syndrome: need for life course approach

Neha Dahiya, Aakanksha Bharti, Kritika Vats, Damodar Bachani


Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is one of the leading but treatable causes of infertility among women. PCOS is a heterogeneous condition therefore it involves multiple disciplines and there is a wide research and clinical agenda. The prevalence of PCOS in India among 15-24 year old adolescents and young girls was found by Rotterdam criteria to be 22.5% and by Androgen Excess Society criteria to be 10.7%. Earlier it was considered only as a reproductive disorder but now it includes metabolic and psychological features as well. Under diagnosis of PCOS remains to be problematic. This is a complex syndrome and has an influence throughout the lifespan and requires multidisciplinary treatment approach as well as self-management. The life course approach or life course theory or the life course perspective was explored in 1960’s. In this approach individual's lives are analyzed within structural, social, and cultural contexts.


Life cycle approach, Polycystic ovarian disease, Polycystic ovarian syndrome

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