Assessing whether meditation improves quality of life for adolescent girls with polycystic ovary syndrome: Protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Erandi Hewawasam, Leah Brennan, Lynne Giles, Mary Louise Hull, Asha Short, Robert Norman, Alexia S. Peña

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BACKGROUND: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine condition characterized by irregular periods and hyperandrogenism. Adolescents with PCOS have impaired quality of life (QOL) and increased psychological distress. Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a well-established self-management strategy that has been used to improve stress and well-being. A meta-analysis of TM trials has shown beneficial effects on stress and blood pressure in adults. Recent data are suggesting that another self-management strategy called a mindfulness stress management program has a role in improving QOL in women with PCOS, but there are no studies in adolescents.

OBJECTIVE: This study aims to evaluate the effect of TM on QOL and psychological distress in adolescent girls with PCOS.

METHODS: This study is a randomized controlled trial that will be conducted over eight weeks at the Women's and Children's Hospital in Adelaide, South Australia, to determine the effect of TM on QOL and psychological distress in adolescent girls (aged 12-20 years) with PCOS. A total of 40 girls will be randomized into either the TM (n=20) or control group (n=20). The TM group will be asked to practice TM in a comfortable sitting position with the eyes closed, for 15 minutes twice daily over eight weeks. The control group will be asked to sit quietly for 15 minutes twice daily for eight weeks. The primary outcomes are any effects on improving QOL and psychological distress, and the secondary outcomes are any effects on lowering blood pressure and salivary cortisol levels.

RESULTS: The recruitment of study participants began in May 2019 and is expected to be completed by June 2020. It is expected that the adolescent girls with PCOS practicing TM over eight weeks will have a significant improvement in QOL and psychological distress compared to adolescents in the control group. Also, it is expected that adolescent girls in the TM group will have lower salivary cortisol levels and lower blood pressure.

CONCLUSIONS: This study will be the first to evaluate the effect of TM on QOL in adolescent girls with PCOS. The study will provide valuable information on a potential self-management strategy to improve QOL and well-being in adolescent girls with PCOS.

TRIAL REGISTRATION: Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR) ACTRN1261900019010;


Original languageEnglish
Article numbere14542
Pages (from-to)e14542
JournalJMIR Research Protocols
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 1 Jan 2020


  • Adolescent
  • Meditation
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Quality of life

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  • Medicine(all)

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