Graduation Year

2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

M.A.

Degree Granting Department

Womens Studies

Major Professor

Marilyn Myerson

Keywords

feminism, lived experience, PCOS, reproductive health, women's health

Abstract

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder among females of childbearing age, affecting between 6-8% of the population. It is also the most common cause of infertility. Females with PCOS may have two or more of a constellation of symptoms that can potentially leave them at odds in terms of normative ideals of femininity. This study examines how feminist theory interrogates and analyzes knowledge about the body and PCOS, integrating the lived experiences of women to provide a deeper, more meaningful understanding of what it means to be a woman with PCOS.

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