Situation analysis of polycystic ovary syndrome in Western Asia

Rakhshaan Khan, Rehana Rehman, Faiza Alam

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The impact of the pandemic of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can be best understood by analyzing the pattern of disease from lifestyle behaviors to genetics, health seeking behaviors, treatment options available, and compliance as well as other forms of prevalent treatments that influence compliance in Western Asia. Geographically, Western Asia is the westernmost, smaller region of a larger Asia. It is made up of 18 countries that are distributed into three areas or stretches. Although the areas in the same belt have many similarities in terms of ethnicity, food habits, migrants, cultural beliefs, and religious beliefs, they differ in terms of the prevalent economic situation in the country, the delivery system for health services, the country’s vision for achieving health, the research initiatives for exploring the causality of emerging problems, and the equitable management facilities available to cater to the growing population needs. The perceptions of the population enable policy makers to develop health education and promotion programs aimed at creating awareness, negating misconceptions, and promoting compliance and satisfaction, thereby improving the psychosocial effects of the problem. Coming to women’s health, maternal and neonatal indicators receive the most priority and reflect the status of the health program of a country. The identification, diagnosis, and management of diseases like PCOS, although important, usually receive secondary importance. The cost of PCOS management is a burden on health budget, identifying the need of research to understand the disease pattern and plan effective treatment strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolycystic Ovary Syndrome
Subtitle of host publicationBasic Science to Clinical Advances across the Lifespan
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780323879323
ISBN (Print)9780323879330
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023


  • Situation analysis
  • West Asia
  • cultural beliefs
  • lifestyle behavior
  • psychological impact


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