Polycystic ovarian Disease(PCOD) is one of the most common endocrine diseases in women of reproductive ages. It is a syndrome classically characterized by features of anovulation combined with signs of androgen excess. The purpose of this study was to assess the awareness of PCOD and predictors of PCOD present in undergraduate students. Present study was based on the Health Belief Model. A quantitative research approach with descriptive research design was used. The settings of the study were St. Xavier's College for women, Aluva and St. Theresa's College, Ernakulam. By using cluster sampling method, 150 undergraduate students were selected from each college with a total of 300 students. A self administered questionnaire was used to assess the knowledge of PCOD and a checklist to assess the predictors of PCOD. Data analysis was done by using descriptive and inferential statistics. The study results showed that 48% of students had poor level of awareness regarding PCOD. The major risk factors identified were Waist- Hip ratio > 0.80 (97%). Among the subjects 22% reported manifestations suggestive of PCOD. There was a statistically significant association found between branch of education and awareness of PCOD (P<0.05). From the study result, it is evident that awareness regarding PCOD is inadequate and high prevalence of risk factors and manifestations are seen among this age group. © 2017, Indian Journal of Public Health Research and Development. All rights reserved.
A. Mary Nelson, Viswanath, L., and T, A. Philip, “Awareness and Predictors of PCOD among Undergraduate Students”, Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, vol. 8, p. 18, 2017.