The impact of hirsutism on the mental status of Indian women


  • KC Kiran Dr B R Ambedkar Medical College Hospital,Bangalore
  • A Gupta
  • M Gupta


Hirsutism, Ferriman-Gallwey score, polycystic ovarian syndrome, hospital anxiety and depression scale


Objective To determine mental status of the hirsute women using Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). Methods Hirsutism was assessed quantitatively by Ferriman-Gallwey score (F-G score) and qualitatively by self-administered questionnaires of Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). Other parameters such as age, occupation, comorbidities, socio-economic status, marriage status, religion, educational status were assessed. Results Mean HADS score of 100 hirsute patients was 12.66±6.11 which is abnormal. HADS was normal in 18%, 24% had borderline abnormal and in 58% it was abnormal. Mean anxiety score of HADS was 8.71±4.06, which was higher than the mean depression score which was 3.95±2.93, which was statistically significant (p=0.008). HADS score was not affected by severity of hirsutism, age, occupation, socio-economic status, marriage status, presence of polycystic ovarian syndrome, religion and educational status. Conclusion The presence of hirsutism had significant impact on the mental status of the patients which lead to anxiety and depression. There was a greater increase of anxiety in comparison with depression. 



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Kiran K, Gupta A, Gupta M. The impact of hirsutism on the mental status of Indian women. J Pak Assoc Dermatol [Internet]. 2018Dec.13 [cited 2024Jun.24];28(2):181-5. Available from:



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