Document Type : Original Article


Department of Health Education and Promotion, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran


BACKGROUND: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) has a profound effect on patients’ quality of
lives; and it is important to identify the affecting factors. The aim of this study was to assess the status
of and relationship between coping strategies and quality of life in women with PCOS.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this cross‑sectional study, we recruited 200 married women (20–
50 years old) with PCOS from Arash and Bu Ali hospitals in Tehran in 2019–2020. Data were collected
using the two following questionnaires: Coping strategies and quality of life. Data were analyzed
using the regression analysis test in the SPSS‑21.
RESULTS: The results showed that 119 (59.5%) participants were identified with increased hirsutism,
166 (83%) women were obese, 140 (70%) had irregular menstruation and 136 participants (68%) had
painful menstruation as the side effects of PCOS. Sixty nine (34.5%) individuals reported unknown
side effects. There was a relationship between emotional coping strategy and problem solving coping
strategy with quality of life (beta = 0.270 and 0.219, respectively).
CONCLUSION: Patients with PCOS were more likely to use emotional coping strategies. Low quality
of life exacerbated symptoms of the disease.


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