• Noura Mohammed Al Bassam Department of Medical Laboratories, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Qassim University, Buraydah, Al Qassim, Saudi Arabia
  • Dr. Sarah Ali Assistant Professor, Microbiology, Department of Medical Laboratories, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Qassim University, Buraydah, Al Qassim, Saudi Arabia
  • Dr. Syed Raziur Rahman Medical Director. Al-Shigah PHC. Buraidah. Al Qassim. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia




Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Awareness, Hirsutism, Irregular Menstrual Cycle

Abstract [English]

Introduction: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects a woman’s hormone levels and it is said to be the most common female syndrome. Affects between 4-8% of reproductive-aged women and is associated with reproductive, metabolic and psychological dysfunction.

Methods: A Quantitative observational cross-sectional study, we recruited 350 students of Qassim University selected using random sampling according to the inclusive criteria (age between 18-25 years). An online questionnaire designed in Arabic to facilitate the data collection, and university students, participated voluntarily. Statistical data entry and analysis of results was performed using Microsoft Excel.

Results: Our sample size was 350 Qassim University students whose ages were between 18-25 years. 71% (n=248) Students heard about the PCOS, 49% of them heard about the symptoms from other people (mother, sister, cousin, etc.).  The presence of the symptoms of PCOS among these students was as, the most common symptoms were Hair loss 74%, Mood swing 67%, Acne 61%, and the least common symptom was Voice change 8%.  The prevalence of the syndrome among the university students was found to be 12% of these 350 students suffer from PCOS (diagnosed).

Conclusion: 71% of studens were aware about the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. 12% of students suffered from PCOS. Most common symptoms reported was Irregular menstrual cycle, 87%, and the least common symptom was Voice change 13%. 62 % of the students who suffered from PCOS were taking treatments based on hormonal therapy and surgical intervention. Attitude and Practices showed misconceptions about PCOS, and a need for awareness.


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How to Cite

Bassam, N. M. A., Ali, S., & Rahman, S. R. (2018). POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME(PCOS), AWARENESS AMONG FEMALE STUDENTS, QASSIM UNIVERSITY, QASSIM REGION, SAUDI ARABIA. International Journal of Research -GRANTHAALAYAH, 6(9), 395–406. https://doi.org/10.29121/granthaalayah.v6.i9.2018.1252