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Physical resistance training for women with PCOS may improve sexual function

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) who participate in physical resistance training may experience considerable improvements in sexual function as well as decreases in anxiety and depression, suggests a study in Brazil.

The case-control study included 43 women with PCOS and 51 control women, aged 18-37 years. All women participated in a supervised physical resistance training protocol for 16 weeks; sexual function was assessed at baseline and after the protocol. Physical resistance training included upper body, lower body, and abdominal exercises. The women performed the protocol in pairs at a physical education and sports centre at the University of Sao Paulo.

Weight training brings multiple benefits to women with PCOS

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Physical resistance training improved sexual function in women with PCOS, with improvements in the total score on the Female Sexual Function Index, and in the desire, arousal, lubrication and pain domains. Control women showed an improvement in pain score. Improvements in sexual desire score were significantly greater in women with PCOS than in control women.

In addition, scores for the risks of anxiety and depression were significantly improved in both groups, with significant reduction in the number of PCOS women having anxiety and depression.

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