Boosting sex drive in women with PCOS

The sex life of women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can be greatly improved with resistance training, say researchers.

Their work demonstrates that upper body, lower body and abdominal resistance training exercises substantially improve desire, arousal and lubrication in these women whose sexual function is often compromised.

Resistance training also reduces coital pain, depression and anxiety.

The case-control study of 43 women with PCOS and 51 control ovulatory women aged 18-37 shows that after 16 weeks of regular exercise, increases in sexual desire were almost solely confined to the PCOS group.

However, the researchers note the control group did experience an improvement in pain score and reduced anxiety and depression.

The results suggest resistance training may be better than aerobic exercise for sexual function in PCOS women.