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Diagnostic and treatment characteristics of polycystic ovary syndrome: descriptive measurements of patient perception and awareness from 657 confidential self-reports. BMC women's health. 2001;1(1):3. [10] Kitzinger C, Willmott J. 'The thief of womanhood': women's experience of polycystic ovarian syndrome. Soc Sci Med. 2002 Feb;54(3):349-61.

Contrasting results with respect to the association between androgens and sexual desire [66, 69, 87] indicate that androgen levels are as yet unreliable predictors of sexual functioning, specifically for sexual desire. It is hypothesized that contradicting findings concerning the role of androgens in female sexual functioning may be due to, among other factors, a greater variety in responsiveness to testosterone in women and mediation of psychological mechanisms [61]. With respect to the significant result of the confounder age, it is imaginable that older women have different norms and values concerning sexuality and romantic relationships.

4 Sexual satisfaction, attractiveness, and self-worth It is widely recognized that women with PCOS report a decreased sexual satisfaction than healthy controls [7, 12, 26, 65, 66]. Sexual satisfaction seems to be influenced by both Psycho-Social and Sexual Well-Being in Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome 29 endocrine and psycho-social factors. For example, both BMI and hirsutism seem to negatively influence sexual satisfaction, sexual attractiveness [23], and body esteem [68]. PCOS women also thought that their partners found them less sexually attractive [12].

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