Dr. T. C. Suguna
Abstract: Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a condition in which woman has an imbalance of female sex hormones. This may lead to changes in the menstrual cycle, cyst in the ovary, failure to conceive and other health problems. It is a common health problem among teenagers and young women. It affects 5 % to 10 % of women in their reproductive age. Awareness and accurate diagnosis is the first step in managing PCOS as it improves quality of life of the patient. The study was conducted to assess the knowledge on PCOS among nursing students. Methods: A Non experimental Descriptive Research Design was adopted to conduct the study. A total of 92 samples were selected by using non-probability purposive sampling technique. The data was collected from the students by using structured questionnaire. The collected data were analyzed by using Simple proportions, and Chi-squared test. A p-value of < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: In present study, 67.39 % girls had normal BMI, 25 % were underweight, and 4.35 % were overweight, while 3.26 % were obese. 25 % females had acne, 19.57 % had irregularity of menses, 2.18 % had hirsutism and 3.26 % (3 students) were diagnosed as PCOS. In present study, 100 % of the sample had information about PCOS. 54 % of the samples had information about PCOS from teacher, 38 % got information from mass media. This study findings reveal that 53.26 % of the sample had moderate knowledge, 30.44 % of the sample had poor knowledge and 16.3 % of the sample has good knowledge on PCOS respectively. Conclusion: The results of this analysis demonstrated clearly that nursing students needed a wide range of educational counseling about how to manage PCOS.
Keywords: PCOS, Nursing students, teenage, self-esteem, acne, infertility, overweight