It Is Always on My Mind: Womens Experiences of Their Bodies When Living With Hirsutism
2009 (English)In: HEALTH CARE FOR WOMEN INTERNATIONAL, ISSN 0739-9332 , Vol. 30, no 5, 358-372 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 30, no 5, 358-372 p.
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-18153DOI: 10.1080/07399330902785133OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-18153DiVA: diva2:216492