Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a complex and common hormone condition affecting around 1 in 7 girls and women. Androgens and insulin are the two hormones responsible for the symptoms related to PCOS.
The known causes of PCOS include heredity and some environmental factors. A healthy diet and regular physical activity can improve the symptoms of PCOS. The signs and symptoms of PCOS vary between women and can occur at different life stages.
Evidence shows that lifestyle changes, including regular physical activity and a healthy diet are the most effective ways to reduce the severity of PCOS symptoms.
Exercise has many important benefits for women with PCOS including improved:
Any exercise or activity that is enjoyable is recommended as this is likely to be more sustainable over time.
To achieve the best results exercise should include:
Try to be physically active or exercise on most, if not all, days of the week for 30 to 60 minutes by: