PCOS News and Research Update


It’s been a little while since we’ve been able to do a PCOS News and Research Update so there’s a lot to cover:

End of 2015

Swedish study explores the link between PCOS and mental health
A study carried out by the Karolinska Institutet in Sweeden has found a possible link between high testosterone and androgen levels in utero and increased risk of mental health issues during adult years in women with PCOS. You can read more about this study here.

Swedish study finds possible link between PCOS and autism
A study carried out by the Karolinska Institutet in Sweeden has found a positive correlation between a mother having PCOS and giving birth to a child with an autistic spectrum disorder. This is the first study to find this so more studies must be performed to verify and identify a specific link. You can read more about this study here.

Florida mum loses weight whilst still having sweet treats
Molly Lowe talks to the Daily Mail about her experience of weight gain and PCOS and how she has managed to lose weight, get fit and manage her symptoms whilst still having sweet treats! Read more about her story here.

New Fertility Treatment developed at Imperial College London could make IVF safer for PCOS patients
To stimulate ovulation and maturation of eggs, women going through IVF are usually given hCG which  has a higher risk of OHSS (ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome) in women with PCOS. In this study the patients were given the natural hormone kisspeptin instead. You can read more about this trial and study here.

US Endocrine society calls for more research into PCOS
Specific areas linked to adolescence and early diagnosis, ethnic background and family gene history are under studied. You can read more about their call to action here


Why do people put on differing amounts of weight?
Dr Saleyha Ahsan talks about her experience of PCOS and taking part in a new study being performed by the Weizmann Institute of Science which is looking at how different peoples bodies react to different types of food. In the future this could lead to specific diet plans based on a DNA sample. You can read more about it here.

Annika’s Body Positive Story
Annika is a member of the Verity Manchester Local Group and has written a piece for the BBC about her experience of PCOS and how the support of others has helped her in learning about the condition and managing her symptoms. You can read her story here.

10 Things You Should Never Say to Someone With PCOS
Jo Irwin wrote an amusing piece for the metro about her experience and the most frustrating things other people say or ask about the condition. You can read more here.

Just diagnosed with PCOS
Alexandra Starkovich wrote a piece for the Huffington post about finding out she has PCOS and how she is coping with it. You can read more of her initial thoughts and worries here.

Danish Curler, Helle Simonsen, has positive drugs test possibly because of a PCOS treatment
Simonsen has tested positive on a drug test prior to the olympic games this year and says this is due to a treatment she is taking for her PCOS. It has not yet been made clear what she has tested positive for. You can read more here.

Chinese scientists find potential treatment for women with PCOS
Chinese scientist have transplanted brown fat into rats with PCOS and have found that it stabilised their ovulation and improved pregnancy outcomes. You can read more here.