Research Article
Volume 5 Issue 8 - 2020
Awareness of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome among Young Female Adults in Nigeria
Joy E Olotu* and Michael Okon
Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
*Corresponding Author:Joy E Olotu, Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.
Received: June 24, 2020; Published: July 13, 2020




Abstract

Polycystic ovaries and the associated syndrome are recognized as the most common cause of reproductive and metabolic disorders in adult women, but not much research has been performed especially in Nigeria to examine how polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) presents in young and old women alike. Polycystic ovaries have been demonstrated in childhood, and there is evidence to show that even very young women may show symptoms and signs of the associated syndrome. This study aims to assess the level of the awareness of PCOS among young female adults. The descriptive study comprised of One hundred and fifty undergraduate female students (15 - 35 years) from randomly selected Universities in Nigeria were included in the study, of the this, only one hundred and one responses were considered valid. A Google form was created which included a well-structured questionnaire. The questionnaire consisted of three parts with a total of 32 questions in all, formulated to determine sociodemographic status, reproductive indices and knowledge or awareness of PCOS. It was observed that 35% had no idea what PCOS was or how it develops. There is a high need for awareness of PCOS among female adults. Early onset of accurate diagnosis is the key to its management and treatment.

Keywords: Women; Nigeria; PCOS; Infertility; Diabetes; Hereditary

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Citation: Joy E Olotu and Michael Okon. “Awareness of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome among Young Female Adults in Nigeria”. EC Endocrinology and Metabolic Research 5.8 (2020): 21-26.

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