About the Study

There is no cure for polycystic ovary syndrome. So, when a woman is diagnosed with PCOS, her health care provider frequently advises her to exercise, lose weight and may prescribe Metformin (to help with insulin resistance). These three recommendations have been shown together to help women with PCOS, but why and how they help is not understood.

In the PULSE Study, participants are placed into either an exercise training program, a dietary restriction program, an insulin sensitizing medication program (metformin), or a no treatment group for 6 months but is monitored.

Potential participants complete screening visits to see if they qualify for the study. Individuals do not need to be previously diagnosed with PCOS to pre-qualify for this study; a history of irregular menstrual cycles allows for an individual to screen for the study.


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You may be eligible to participate if you meet the following criteria:

  • Female
  • Age: 20-40 years old
  • Weight: BMI (25 and above) calculate your BMI
  • Have an irregular menstrual period

If you think you may be eligible, please click the button below.



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