Published: 2021-09-27

The effectiveness of progressive muscle relaxation and high intensity training on depression and quality of life in college students with polycystic ovarian syndrome

Radhika P. K., Tejal Rajandekar, B. Soundarya


Background: Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common hyper androgenic endocrine disorder affecting women of fertile age. This appears to have affects over the psychological aspects and health related quality of life of college students over a period of time. Leading to negative body imaging concern which causes loss of concentration in studies and interest in college activities.

Methods: This was an experimental prospective study carried out with subjects diagnosed with PCOS aged 18-30 years. Self-administered PCOSQ and BDI questionnaire were used to evaluate the health related quality of life and depression. After the data collected from the questionnaire subjects received PMR and HIT for a duration of 6 days a week for 12 weeks’ convenient sampling main outcome variables were depression and quality of life. Self-menstrual tracking chart was also given to the students to monitor their menstrual cycle.

Results: The prevalence of depression found in sample was 26% moderate, 19% borderline, 52% mild and 3% severe depression respectively. Age group in which commonly seen [18-20 years (n=14), 21-25 years (n=15)]. Patients also showed a negative impact of PCOS on health related QOL (PCOSQ) scale. After PMR and HIT data showed a statistically significant difference (p<0.05) between the pre-test and post-test scores of BDI.

Conclusions: This study provides positive PMR and HIT is an effective therapy for improving the depression related to PCOS and thereby improving the quality of life of college students with PCOS.


Beck depression inventory, Depression, High intensity training, Polycystic ovarian syndrome questionnaire, Progressive muscle relaxation, Quality of life

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