Thursday, 1 May 2014

Researchers are looking for women with PCOS to participate in study

SPHPM's Professor Susan Davis is leading a study which will analyse one of the most prescribed forms of treatment for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), to see if it changes the way in which women with PCOS think.

PCOS is the most common hormonal disorder in women aged 18-35. Affecting around 1 in 10, common symptoms include irregular periods, weight gain, excessive facial hair and acne. Some women with PCOS also find it harder to conceive.

To test this theory, researchers are calling for women in Melbourne with PCOS, aged 18-35, who are taking spironolactone, as well as women who are not on any treatment for their PCOS. Volunteers will be asked to visit the Monash Women’s Health Research program at the Alfred Hospital on two occasions over three months. The study will not involve any change to their medication.

Women taking the oral contraceptive pill are excluded from the study as the pill also alters hormone levels and therefore may affect the way women think.

Women interested in participating can call 03 9903 0827 or email womens.health@monash.edu.

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