A snapshot of the lives of women with polycystic ovary syndrome:a photovoice investigation


Polycystic ovary syndrome affects 6  percent of women. Symptoms include hirsutism, acne, and infertility. This research explores the impact of polycystic ovary syndrome on women's lives using photovoice. Nine participants photographed objects related to their quality of life and made diary entries explaining each photograph. Three themes emerged from thematic analysis of the diaries: control (of symptoms and polycystic ovary syndrome controlling their lives), perception (of self, others, and their situation), and support (from relationships, health care systems, and education). These findings illuminate positive aspects of living with polycystic ovary syndrome and the role pets and social networking sites play in providing support for women with polycystic ovary syndrome.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105314547941
Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
College of Health & Life Sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords: chronic illness,optimism,photovoice,polycystic ovary syndrome,qualitative methods,women’s health,well-being,Applied Psychology
Publication ISSN: 1461-7277
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2024 17:23
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2014 11:50
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2016-06
Published Online Date: 2014-09-09
Accepted Date: 2014-09-08
Authors: Williams, Sophie
Sheffield, David
Knibb, Rebecca C. (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-5561-0904)



Version: Accepted Version

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