Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome – PCOS



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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a complex condition, in Australia studies show this condition effects around 10% of childbearing age women.  Signs and symptoms for each woman varies, no two cases are identical therefore treatment is varied and is usually based on the individual’s symptoms.   At this stage PCOS is not fully understood and there is no cure for the condition, however there are additional health considerations, such as heart disease – which should not be ignored.

PCOS should not be viewed as a condition which ‘just is’ and left unmanaged.  External, physical signs may appear in some women such as skin tabs, darkened skin in bodily creases and excess of body hair;   there are various options/ treatments for some of these signs.   However, internal symptoms can manifest over time and when unmanaged, can begin to cause additional health concerns.

Dr Joham, an Endocrinologist at Monash University published a paper that discusses their study of 9,145 women in which they looked at the link between PCOS and asthma.  The study showed that those women who had PCOS and an increased BMI also suffered increased asthma symptoms. His research paper was presented in Boston at ENDO 2016.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is associated with an irregular menstrual cycle or a cycle which stops altogether.  Therefore, eggs cannot be released as they should, not only does this effect infertility but it can also cause the lining of the uterus to thicken over time and this can lead to an increased risk of additional health concerns in some women,  such as cancer.   In those women that experience irregular cycles, a contraceptive pill maybe prescribed to help regulate the cycle.  Your medical practitioner will be able to advise you if this is suitable for you. PCOS is also associated with insulin resistance, this needs to be carefully monitored as studies show there is a strong  link between PCOS and the development of diabetes, especially in those women who have a family history of the disease.

Current recommendations for PCOS include a healthy lifestyle and optimal weight management, as studies show that increased BMI has been linked to PCOS.  Regular exercise inline with the Australian Heart Foundation guidelines of thirty minutes of walking per day plus two to three sessions of  ‘vigorous’ exercise per week in addition to healthy eating.  Both of these combined will help to maintain a healthy visceral fat rating, BMI and waist measurement – to best manage your polycystic ovarian syndrome symptoms.

Speak to your medical practitioner about the options available for you.    Click here to access Westmead Hospital Information Sheet, which has been published by the Department of Women’s & Newborn Health.  This guide is really useful, contains detailed information and contacts to assist your further.

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Westmead Hospital Information Service

Mothers & Newborn Department – PCOS Information Guide

mydr.com.au – Asthma Link to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)


American Association of Clinical Endcrinologists – www.aace.com


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Pre / Post Natal Exercise:

Exercise during pregnancy is not about being able to run a marathon nor should it be about taking up a new sport at a high intensity. Specialised  pre and post natal exercise has many benefits in a woman’s overall fitness program.

The benefits of exercise during pregnancy include both physical and mental aspects, including:

  1. General fitness maintained throughout the pregnancy ensures an easier transition back into an exercise program post birth. A higher level of fitness can also be very beneficial during the labor process.
  2. Self awareness, self esteem, self image are all very important issues for women both pre/ post natal. An increase of hormones, fatigue and body shape changes can effect a pregnant women and her emotional state. Exercising during pregnancy helps to ensure the woman feels healthy for her baby and herself. Exercise classes also ensure she mixes socially with others in her normal day to day routine.
  3. Maintaining a healthy weight gain is important for normal foetal growth and development. Regular exercise can help maintain this.
  4.  As the centre of gravity alters during pregnancy due to the weight gain increase and the body shape changes, which occur to accommodate the developing baby -it is really important to maintain good posture. A good posture also helps to ensure less pressure is placed on the lower back causing muscular pain.
  5. Strong core stabilising muscles help to prevent instability in the pelvis during pregnancy which can cause lower back pain and sciatica.
  6. Pelvic Floor exercises help to prevent excessive pelvic floor weakness following the birth.

It is important to speak to your Doctor before commencing an exercise program during pregnancy.  Once cleared by your GP, participating in regular pre/ post natal specialised classes delivered by a registered fitness professional who is qualified in pre/ postnatal exercise  can benefit you are your baby.

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