RESEARCH CALL OUT: Physical Activity and PCOS

PCOS is a common condition in women that is often characterised by changes in hormone levels and irregularities in the menstrual period. It may present a range of symptoms, including increased body weight, high blood pressure, and high blood glucose levels which may lead to diabetes. Furthermore, the presence of these symptoms can lead to decreased self-esteem, poor body image and increased emotional stress. Increased physical activity has been shown to have beneficial effects on many symptoms of PCOS, despite this, women with PCOS reportedly have much lower participation rates in exercise and physical activity than their healthy counterparts. We aim to assess the physical activity levels of reproductive-aged women, and assess the effect of higher participation rates on the physical, and psychological symptoms associated with PCOS. Not only are we interested in your physical activity behaviours, but we also want to gain an understanding of what it is like to live with PCOS and the extent to which it may disrupt your day-to-day living and physical activity routine. Therefore, we are looking for UK-based, female volunteers aged 18-45, with AND without PCOS, to answer some online questionnaires about their physical activity behaviours, severity of symptoms and overall quality of life. If you are able to help, or you know somebody who may wish to participate, then for more information please contact Chris Kite at Aston University via, or by phone: 07779 274722.

  • Hayley Trott

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