Conservative treatment options for polycystic ovary syndrome: the importance of exercise

Authors: D. Líška 1;  J. Záhumenský 2
Authors‘ workplace: Univerzita Mateja Bela, Filozofická fakulta, Katedra telesnej výchovy a športu, Banská Bystrica, vedúci, katedry Mgr. J. Kremnický, PhD. 1;  II. gynekologicko pôrodnícka klinika LF UK a UNB, Bratislava, prednosta doc. MUDr. J. Záhumenský, PhD. 2
Published in: Ceska Gynekol 2020; 85(6): 430-435
Category: Review Article


Aim: The main aim of the article is inform about benefits of rehabilitation in the treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

Study type: Review article.

Methods: Search for meta-analyzes and systematic review in Pubmed, Medline, Scopus databases.

Results: Insulin resistance plays a potential role in the pathogenesis of PCOS. Lifestyle modification (including physical activity and diet) may help alleviate the symptoms of PCOS, as lifestyle factors may reduce insulin resistance and improve metabolism and reproductive function. The benefit of exercise in women with PCOS is also associated with other significant benefits such as improved anxiety, metabolic syndrome and improved regularity of the menstrual cycle.

Conclusion: Rehabilitation is an important part of therapy in patients with PCOS. Aerobic, strength and interval exercises has a significant benefit in the treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome.


Polycystic ovary syndrome – rehabilitation – Strength training – Aerobic exercise – interval exercise – insulin resistance


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