This is an exploratory observational case-control study. The main objective of this study is to show whether there is a specific positive personality profile for patients with PCOS.
- Adult females of child bearing age: 18-45 years old
- Women who meet the Rotterdam criteria for PCOS according to the revised 2003 criteria (2 out of 3) 1. Oligo- or anovulation, 2. Clinical and/or biochemical signs of hyperandrogenism, 3. Polycystic ovaries (ESHRE & ASRM-Sponsored PCOS Consensus Workshop Group, 2004).
- Any known physical disability or severe mental and psychological disorders or trauma and history of any psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. Reaches the cut off of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression scale (HADS) which assesses psychological distress.
- Endocrine disorders including: congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Cushing’s syndrome, menopause, androgen secreting tumors (Barry et al., 2013).
- Participants with: thyroid dysfunction, hyperaprolactinemia, type 2 diabetes mellitus, concomitant cardiovascular disease, liver and renal dysfunction (Scaruffi, Gambineri, Cattaneo, Turra, Vettor, & Mioni, 2014).