Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a complex endocrine and metabolic disorder affecting a large proportion of women worldwide. It is characterised by hyperandrogenism, insulin resistance, hirsutism, acne, menstruation abnormalities, and infertility. For women living with PCOS there is an increased risk of overweight or obesity, dyslipidaemia, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes. The biopsychosocial nature of the condition can also have a significant negative impact on women’s health-related quality of life and psychological wellbeing. However, there is emerging evidence to suggest that regular physical activity and exercise can improve health and alleviate symptoms. Therefore, this chapter aims to inform the reader about the psychological, physical, and physiological benefits of exercise and physical activity for women living with PCOS.
|Title of host publication||Exercise|
|Subtitle of host publication||Physical, Physiological and Psychological Benefits|
|Editors||Dulce Esteves, Kiara Lewis|
|Publisher||Nova Science Publishers Inc|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 2021|
|Name||Physical Fitness, Diet and Exercise|