Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Hypnotherapy can help with a range of conditions. A condition I am particularly interested in is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition affecting around 10% of women, leading to problems with fertility, weight gain, skin conditions and – understandably – emotional issues such as anxiety and depression.

The subject of my MSc Health Psychology and my PhD was the psychological aspects of PCOS. After completing my PhD, I worked for UCL’s Institute for Women’s Health, gaining more experience in research, women’s health, and psychological aspects of polycystic ovary syndrome. My research resulted in publications in highly respected peer-reviewed journals (see examples below).

While at UCL I pioneered a mind-body treatment programme which helps improve some of the hormonal parameters of PCOS. This research was published in Contemporary Hypnosis & Integrative Therapy, a peer-reviewed journal for doctors, dentists and academics who are interested in the use hypnosis as part of their work. My hope is that this study will inspire other therapists to take an interest in using this safe and effective non-medical method of treating PCOS.

I continue to lecture on the psychological aspects of PCOS, for example, this lecture, given first at the University of Derby  in Oct 2017,  it was shown at the 3rd Annual World Congress on PCOS in San Antonio, Texas, USA, in Nov 2017 http://tinyurl.com/PCOS-psychology-Derby-Uni

You can see more of my work in polycystic ovary syndrome at my PCOS research website http://pcosresearch.org/about_pcosresearch_5.html

Publications On PCOS:

Barry, John. A., Qu, F., & Hardiman, P. J. (2018). An exploration of the hypothesis that testosterone is implicated in the psychological functioning of women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Medical Hypotheses, 110, 42-45.

John A. Barry, Noelia Leite, Nagaruban Sivarajah, Brian Keevil, Laura Owen, Liliana C.S. Miranda, Fan Qu and Paul J. Hardiman (2017). Relaxation and Guided Imagery Significantly Reduces Androgen Levels and Distress in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Pilot Study. Contemporary Hypnosis & Integrative Therapy, 31.

Barry JA, Azizia MM, Hardiman JP (2014).  Risk of endometrial, ovarian and breast cancer in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Human Reproduction Update

Anderson, S., Barry, J. A., & Hardiman, P. (2014). Risk of coronary heart disease and risk of stroke in women with polycystic ovary disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Cardiology 

Barry JA, Kuczmierczyk AR, Hardiman JP (2014). Reporting rates of depression in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Journal of Sexual Medicine

Barry, J. A., Parekh, H. S. K., & Hardiman, P. J. (2013). Visual-spatial cognition in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome: the role of androgens. Human reproduction, det335.

Barry JA. (2011). A multidisciplinary approach to understanding psychological aspects of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Psychology & Health, 26, Supplement 2, 73-253.

Barry JA, Kuczmierczyk AR, Hardiman PJ (2011). Anxiety and depression in polycystic ovary syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Human Reproduction, 26, 2442-51

Barry JA, Bouloux P, Hardiman, PJ (2011). The impact of eating behaviour on psychological symptoms typical of reactive hypoglycemia: a pilot study comparing women with polycystic ovary syndrome to controls. Appetite, 57, 73-76

Barry JA, PJ Hardiman, BK Saxby, A Kuczmierczyk (2011). Testosterone and Mood Dysfunction in Women With Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Compared to Subfertile Controls. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, 32, 2, 104-11

On women’s health in general:

Barry JA, Moran E, Thomas M, Hardiman JP (2014). Prolactin and Hostility in Hospital Patients and Healthy Women: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology  

Barry JA, Moran E, Parekh HSK, Morewood T, Thomas M, Hardiman JP (2014). Prolactin and Aggression in Women with Fertility Problems. Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Hefni M, Barry JA, Koukoura O et al (2013). Long-term quality of life and patient satisfaction following anterior vaginal mesh repair for cystocele. Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 287, 3, 441-446