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Stories of the cystorhood: exploring women’s experiences with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: implications for education, self-perception, and medicalization

dc.contributor.advisorSameshima, Pauline
dc.contributor.authorMcKellar, Ledah
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-05T16:18:23Z
dc.date.available2016-01-05T16:18:23Z
dc.date.created2015
dc.date.issued2016-01-05
dc.identifier.urihttp://knowledgecommons.lakeheadu.ca/handle/2453/696
dc.description.abstractThe overarching purpose of this study is to explore the experiences of women with PCOS in more detail to provide further knowledge of the syndrome, to educate others, and reduce stigma – for all women, with or without Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS occurs in five to 10 percent of women, yet the greater public is generally unaware of it. Biomedicine defines PCOS as an endocrine disorder caused by a hormonal imbalance in women, with symptoms including: irregular or complete lack of menstrual periods; reduced fertility; unwanted facial or body hair; and the potential for weight gain due to insulin resistance. This study explores the experiences of women from the following perspectives: self-perception, education, and medicalization. Using artsinformed inquiry, with the methods of painting, interviews, and life writing, these topics are explored with women with PCOS.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectPolycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)en_US
dc.subjectFeminityen_US
dc.subjectSelf-esteem in womenen_US
dc.titleStories of the cystorhood: exploring women’s experiences with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: implications for education, self-perception, and medicalizationen_US
dc.typeThesis
etd.degree.nameMaster of Educationen_US
etd.degree.levelMasteren_US
etd.degree.disciplineEducationen_US
etd.degree.grantorLakehead Universityen_US


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