Nursing Student Class Projects (Formerly MSN)

Academic Term


Document Type


Course Number

NURS 6810

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology

Professor’s Name

Dr. Chovan


PCOS, Polycystic ovarian syndrome, Insulin resistance

Subject Categories

Family Practice Nursing | Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing



Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder in females of reproductive age, affecting up to twenty percent of females (McEwen & Hartmann, 2018). Though the pathophysiology of PCOS is not fully understood, several factors such as insulin resistance and increased testosterone levels are prevalent and play a major role in PCOS. PCOS is a complex disease and encompasses many different metabolic, endocrine and reproductive conditions. Common signs and symptoms of PCOS include but are not limited to menstrual cycle disturbances, acne, alopecia and fertility problems (Balen, 2017).

Keywords: PCOS, Polycystic ovarian syndrome, insulin resistance



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