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Mindful yoga beneficial for women with common ovary condition

Cover Media logo Cover Media 15/4/2020
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Regular yoga classes are beneficial for women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), researchers have reported.

PCOS is a common hormonal disorder that affects between five and 15 per cent of reproductive-age women, with symptoms including irregular menstrual cycles, acne, hair loss, and higher incidence of miscarriage.

However, in a new study undertaken by U.S. experts, it was found that women who completed a one-hour mindful yoga class three times a week reduced their testosterone levels by 29 per cent over a three-month period, while hormone dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) was also decreased, and depression and anxiety levels improved by 55 per cent and 21 per cent, respectively.

Reducing androgen levels, including testosterone and DHEA, is key to managing the condition.

"There are effective pharmacologic options for managing PCOS. However, they come with the potential for some significant side effects," said lead author Dr. Diana Speelman. "Mindful yoga appears to be a promising option for treating PCOS in a way that can improve several aspects of the disorder."

At the conclusion of the study, some participants also reported fewer acne breakouts and improved menstrual regularity following the mindful yoga intervention.

"Yoga has so many benefits," added Dr. Speelman. "One of its best qualities is that it is accessible to such a wide array of ages and fitness levels."

Full study results have been published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

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