RESEARCH CALLOUT: Impact of living with PCOS on physical and mental wellbeing

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Hello – my name is Sharon and I was diagnosed with PCOS just over 30 years ago! Over that time, I have been seen by numerous GP’s and hospital consultants in various parts of the UK and received treatment for PCOS and several other related health conditions.  I have been a group leader for a local Verity support group, and have also spoken at one of the Verity conferences.  

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For my PhD research, I am exploring the impact of living with PCOS on physical health and mental wellbeing.  I am keen to develop fun and enjoyable ways to increase exercise and activity to levels that may help to reduce the risk and effect of some of the long-term physical and mental health conditions associated with PCOS (obesity, type 2 diabetes, depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and insulin resistance).  

After interviewing ten women living with PCOS I have taken their insights, along with my own, and created a novel intervention.  I am now (and until Aug 2020) recruiting for women with PCOS who are overweight (BMI>25) to take part in a guided, small group 30-min ‘Walk and Talk’ programme once a week for 12 consecutive weeks.  The walking will be at a variety of intensities, and we will be talking about different aspects of wellbeing.

If you live in (or are willing to travel to) the following areas – Huddersfield, Leeds, Wakefield, Rotherham – and would like to take part, please email: sharon.newson@hud.ac.uk for full details and an Informed Consent form.