Graduation Year


Document Type

Senior Thesis


Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Primary Major


Primary Minor


Thesis Advisor

Patricia Harris, PhD, RN



Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a hormonal disorder that affects women all over the world. Though a newly recognized diagnosis, that has not been researched extensively, it is clear that this reproductive and metabolic hinderance debilitates many aspects of women’s lives, negatively impacting their quality of life.


  • Discover the effects of physician determined treatment routes on patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome.
  • Explore insufficiency of research conducted regarding different routes of treatments for patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome.


A literature review was performed of primary research studies, utilizing databases provided by Dominican University of California. Six articles were reviewed extensively to discover interviews conducted using quantitative and qualitative study designs.


The literature revealed that when searching for help from primary health care providers, the first line of treatment typically involves medications such as metformin to regulate insulin levels and hormonal contraception to regulate hormones. There still remains a lot of confusion and feelings of frustration for these women that feel as if they are not in control of their bodies. Though the medication route may relieve certain symptoms and help manage them, it does not address the root of the problem. The review describes the effects of symptom management and education provided to women that impacts their quality of life.