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Aerobic exercise improves sexual function in women with PCOS

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Both continuous (CAT) and intermittent (IAT) aerobic physical training are effective in improving sexual function in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), as well as reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression, a recent study has found.

Researchers performed a secondary analysis of a controlled clinical trial where women with PCOS (18–39 years of age) were randomly assigned to receive 16 weeks of CAT (n=23), IAT (n=22) or no training (n=24). Sexual function was measured using the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI), while depression and anxiety were evaluated using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS).

After the 16-week training period, significant improvements in total FSFI scores were reported in CAT (estimated difference, –1.8; 95 percent CI, –3.6 to 0.0; p=0.04) and IAT (estimated difference, –3.9; –5.7 to –2.0; p<0.01) groups.

In terms of individual domains, significant improvements were reported for satisfaction (CAT: estimated difference, –0.5; –1.1 to 0.0; p=0.04; IAT: estimated difference, –0.7; –1.2 to –0.1; p=0.02), pain (CAT: estimated difference, –0.56; –1.l0 to 0.0; p=0.02), excitation (IAT: estimated difference, –0.5; –0.9 to –0.2; p<0.01), desire (IAT: estimated difference, –0.8; –1.2 to –0.3; p<0.01), lubrication (IAT: estimated difference, –0.6; –1.0 to –0.2; p<0.01) and orgasm (IAT: estimated difference, –0.9; –1.4 to –0.5; p<0.01).

Similarly, symptoms of anxiety (CAT: estimated difference, 1.8; 0.4–3.2; p=0.01; IAT: estimated difference, 2.2; 0.7–3.6; p<0.01) and depression (CAT: estimated difference, 2.1; 0.7–3.5; IAT: estimated difference, 1.6; 0.2–3.0; p=0.02) significantly improved after the exercise period.

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