RESEARCH CALL OUT: The Lived Experience of PCOS


Are you in a committed intimate relationship and living with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?

I am interested in hearing about your experience of being in an intimate partner relationship while living with PCOS. The study will involve taking part in a recorded interview lasting approximately an hour either at your home or Coventry University.

My name is Treasa McCarthy and I am a Trainee Clinical Psychologist, studying at Coventry University and University of Warwick and training in NHS services across Coventry, Warwickshire and Herefordshire. I am interested in getting a better understanding of the lived experience of PCOS, and how this may or may not impact upon intimate relationships. I hope that this knowledge will help to inform the support and care provided to women with this condition (and their families), both from medical professionals and their wider support network, so it is better tailored to what women want and need.
To participate in this study, you must:
– Have a confirmed diagnosis of PCOS from a medical professional;
– Be between the ages of 25 and 45;
– Have lived with your partner for at least a year;
– Speak fluent English;
– Preferably living in the West Midlands area (this is not essential).
If you are interested in learning more about the study or have any questions, please get in touch at and I will send you more detailed information.