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Increasing Incidence of PCOS in Adolescence and its Relation with Mental Stress

Author Affiliations

  • 1Shree Vidyadhiraja Homoeopathic Medical College Nemom, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, INDIA

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 3, Issue (ISC-2013), Pages 227-230, (2014)


Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common endocrine/metabolic disorders found in women. It is seen that the incidence of PCOS is increasing in adolescent age group. The stress level of this age group is also heightened due to high competition, need for recognition and self esteem both from society and in person. Early diagnosis and treatment of PCOS in adolescents are essential in ensuring adulthood health and restoring self-esteem. This paper is based on a 10 year long clinical experience regarding the role of mental stress on PCOS. As teenagers are the future of a nation PCOS should be dealt at an early stage and corrected. A sample of 50 cases of PCOS are selected and tried to establish the relation of mental stress in those cases with the help of SSS-AZ English version booklet of National Psychological Corporation. An attempt is made to explain the role of mental stress in PCOS with the help of General Adaptation Syndrome. The diagnosis of PCOS is done as per Rotterdam 2003 criteria which says that any of the two out of three of the following is needed for the diagnosis of PCOS: oligo- and/or anovulation, clinical and/or biochemical signs of hyperandrogenism and polycystic ovaries [by ultrasound].This study is done to highlight the relevance of reducing mental stress in adolescent age group to avoid or reduce the incidence of systemic diseases with a sample study on PCOS.


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