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Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common reproductive endocrinological disorders with a broad spectrum of clinical manifestations affecting about 6-8% women of reproductive age. Many adolescent girls and women lack knowledge of Polycystic ovarian syndrome. The present study was designed so as to evaluate the knowledge of sixty undergraduate girl students from College of Community Science, Saifabad, Hyderabad, PJTSAU before and after the intervention programme on Polycystic ovarian syndrome. Knowledge assessment schedule developed by Kalpana,  was used with modifications as a data collection tool. High levels of knowledge was observed to be on basic terminology and definitions (31.6%), pathophysiology of the disease (16.6%), complications of Polycystic ovarian syndrome (21.6%), and management of Polycystic ovarian syndrome (26.6%) before the educational programme. An educational programme was provided as intervention to improve the students’ knowledge level regarding Polycystic ovarian syndrome. Then, a post test was conducted to measure the effectiveness of the intervention. The knowledge level of 83.3%, 68.3%, 75% and 83.3% of the total sample was found to be high on basic terminology and definitions, pathophysiology, complications and management of Polycystic ovarian syndrome respectively. Mean scores of the post-test were significantly higher compared to their values at pre-test (p<0.001). Thus the results prove that the knowledge intervention in the form of educational programme is effective in enhancing the knowledge of the students.
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