The effect of six weeks yoga exercises on quality of life in infertile women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Document Type : Original Article


1 Gynecologist, Fellowship of IVF and Infertility, Sarem Fertility and Infertility Research Center (SAFIR), Sarem Women’s Hospital, Tehran, Iran.

2 M.Sc. in Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

3 Assistant Professor, Department of Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

4 PhD of Reproductive Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran.


Introduction: Infertility is one of the main concerns of human societies and PCOS is considered as the most common reason of women's infertility due to ovulation disorders. Infertility has been considered as the main cause of psychopathy disorders and reduced quality of life in PCOS patients. Exercise is a non-pharmaceutical method in treatment of PCOS that yoga is a recommended exercise for this disease. This study was performed with aim to determine the effect of 6 weeks yoga on the quality of life in infertile women with PCOS.
Methods: This clinical randomized trial was performed on 61 infertile women with PCOS undergoing infertility treatment referred to the Tehran Sarem Hospital in 2015-2015. The qualified subjects were divided to two groups of case and control. Then, all the subjects completed the demographic profile and fertility questionnaires and modified PCOS questionnaire. Then, the case group performed yoga for 6 weeks and the control group did not receive any intervention. After 6 weeks, the questionnaires were again completed. Data were analyzed by SPSS software (version 21) and independent t-test, paired t-test, Mann-Whitney, Chi-square, Mac-Nemar, and Wilcoxon test. P<0.05 was considered statistically significant
Results: Yoga exercise for 6 weeks had significant effect on the scores of quality of life and Hirsotism (p=0.001), weight (p= 0.010), Acnea (p= 0.001), infertility (p= 0.001), Emotional (p<0.001), menstrual disorders (p<0.001) and total score (p<0.001).
Conclusion: Yoga as a meditation exercise for 6 weeks can improve the score of quality of life in women with PCOS undergoing infertility treatment. Therefore, this exercise as an effective and low-cost method can be used for improvement of life quality in these women.


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