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It Is Always on My Mind: Womens Experiences of Their Bodies When Living With Hirsutism
Örebro University Hospital.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Gender and medicine . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Kalmar University.
2009 (English)In: HEALTH CARE FOR WOMEN INTERNATIONAL, ISSN 0739-9332 , Vol. 30, no 5, 358-372 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Many women suffer from excessive hair growth, often in combination with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). It is unclear how hirsutism influences such womens experiences of their bodies. Our aim is to describe and interpret womens experiences of their bodies when living with hirsutism. Interviews were conducted with 10 women with hirsutism. We used a qualitative latent content analysis. Four closely intertwined themes were disclosed: the body was experienced as a yoke, a freak, a disgrace, and as a prison. Hirsutism deeply affects womens experiences of their bodies in a negative way.

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2009. Vol. 30, no 5, 358-372 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-18153DOI: 10.1080/07399330902785133OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-18153DiVA: diva2:216492
Available from: 2009-05-09 Created: 2009-05-08 Last updated: 2009-05-09

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