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My PCOS & Nutrition study has finally been approved by the Human Subjects Committee, which means I can now actively recruit participants.
The Effectiveness of a Nutrition Protocol in Improving Symptoms, Eating Behavior, and Self-Efficacy in Women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Meaghan Ormsby, RD is conducting her Master’s Thesis study aimed at defining effective, sustainable dietary strategies for women with PCOS.
Who Can Participate?
Non-pregnant, non-diabetic females, 18 – 40 years old, with a diagnosis of PCOS
No dietary restrictions, particularly gluten or dairy
All ethnic groups
126 3rd Avenue North, Suite 102, Edmonds, Washington 98020
What will happen during the study?
Participation includes six group training sessions using the nutrition protocol.
Group A will attend a 3-hour initial session. Group B will attend a 6-hour initial session.
Follow up sessions are 60-90 minutes in length.
Free group nutrition education and follow up meetings will be provided for participation.
Meaghan Ormsby, RD
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) affects between 5 and 17% of reproductive age women and is associated with reproductive, metabolic, and psychological dysfunction.PCOS diagnosis is based on presentation with any two of the three criteria of hyperandrogenism, irregular anovulatory periods, or polycystic ovaries on ultrasound, with exclusion of related reproductive disorders (European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology/American Society for Reproductive Medicine consensus 2003, Rotterdam criteria).Research to date examines “lifestyle modification” and effect on PCOS symptoms, where “lifestyle modification” means dietary restriction, and improvement is often measured by weight loss.Other data provides evidence for lack of long-term sustainability and failure of diet interventions, which explains the high dropout rate of participants in “lifestyle modification” studies with women who have PCOS.This will be the first randomized controlled trial to use the “Thrive with PCOS” nutrition protocol, focused on empowering women with PCOS to make dietary changes that are sustainable.
Call 206.706.2696 for more information about participating in this study. Nutrition intervention studying effect of PCOS nutrition protocol on PCOS-related symptoms, eating behavior, and self-efficacy. Requirements include: PCOS diagnosis, 18+ years old, and no food limitations related to gluten or dairy. 3-month time commitment, which includes brief follow-up group meetings every 2 weeks.
Treatment free of charge will be provided for participation.