Psychiatric Morbidity and Low Sexual Satisfaction among Women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Author: Amina Khalid

Supervisor: Nashi Khan, PhD

Degree: MS

Year: 2011-2013

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The purpose of this research was to find the Psychiatric Morbidity and Level of Sexual Satisfaction among women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome as compared to women presenting with general medical conditions and to examine the correlation between Psychiatric Morbidity and Sexual Satisfaction among these women. The present study was Correlational in nature with cross-sectional (between groups) survey design. The sample comprises of 176 (M age = 30, SD = 5.83) participants among which 88 (50%) were diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (cases), while other 50% belonged to control group. Fifty eight percent of them were taken from private hospitals and 51.7% were taken from public hospitals of Lahore, Pakistan. Only women diagnosed and referred by gynecologists were recruited for the cases. Data were collected using Semi Structured Interview, Sexual Satisfaction Scale for Women (SSS-W) (Meston & Trapnell, 2005) was administered to measure Sexual Satisfaction level and Psychiatric Morbidity was assessed by Symptom Checklist Revised (Dawood, Rehman, Mansoor & Ali, 2009). Results show that participant’s Depression and Anxiety level has significant negative correlation with their Sexual Satisfaction level. While Anxiety and Depression share a significant positive correlation. There was a significant difference in the scores for Sexual Satisfaction, Depression and Anxiety for both cases and controls. These results suggest that women suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome have significant lower sexual satisfaction and significant high Depression and Anxiety than the controls. The study shows there is a significant difference in the Sexual Satisfaction level of women suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, they tend to be less sexually satisfied and experienced relatively more symptoms of Depression and Anxiety as compared to individuals having no serious medical and psychological problem. Therefore psychological and sexual interventions should be provided to them alongside the treatment of the physiological symptoms of this disorder.

Keywords: Psychiatric Morbidity, Low Sexual Satisfaction, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

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