Following on from our webinar on ’PCOS & Nutrition’, we’ve pulled together some of the key resources and references discussed within the webinar. If you missed the live webinar, you can register to watch the recording.


Polycystic ovary syndrome (2022). NICE. Clinical knowledge summary

International evidence-based guideline for the assessment and management of polycystic
ovary syndrome (2018). Monarch University. International guidelines

Long-term Consequences of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (2014). RCOG. Green-top guidelines no. 33


PCOS and nutritional approaches: Differences between lean and obese phenotype (2021). Barrea et al. Review into the specific features in metabolic characterization and body composition among PCOS patients

Dietary Patterns and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (2021). Xenou et al. A systematic review on suitable diets recommended by the international literature for women with polycystic ovary syndrome to alleviate their symptoms

The effect of low glycemic index diet on the reproductive and clinical profile in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (2021). Saaditi et al. A systematic review and meta-analysis showing benefits of the low GI diet in PCOS

Lifestyle changes in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (2019). Lim S et al. Cochrane review

Does a restricted energy low glycemic index diet have a different effect on overweight women with or without polycystic ovary syndrome? (2019). Shishehgar F et al. Study demonstrating beneficial effects of the low GI diet in PCOS

Adherence to the Mediterranean Diet, Dietary Patterns and Body Composition in Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) (2019). Barrea et al. Evaluation of the adherence to Mediterranean diet, the dietary intake, and the body composition and their association with PCOS clinical severity in a cohort of treatment-naïve women with PCOS

The effect of Low Carbohydrate Diet on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (2019). Zhang. Meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials showing low carbohydrate intake linked to improved reduced BMI and reduced HOMAIR

The Effect of Low Carbohydrate Diets on Fertility Hormones and Outcomes in Overweight and Obese Women (2017). McGrice et al. Systematic review highlighting the need for further research to determine the effect of low carbohydrate diets on such outcomes

Delayed Diagnosis and a Lack of Information Associated With Dissatisfaction in Women With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (2017). Gibson-Helm et al. Study highlighting gaps in early diagnosis, education, and support

Effects of increased dietary protein-to-carbohydrate ratios in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (2012). Sorenson et al. Comparison of a high-protein (HP) diet to a standard-protein (SP) diet in women with PCOS

Beneficial effects of a high-protein, low-glycemic-load hypocaloric diet in overweight and obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome (2012). Study showing beneficial effects of low glycaemic load and hypocalorific diets

Psychological benefits of a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet in obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome–a pilot study (2007). Galletly C et al. Study finding improved feelings of well-being following high-protein, low carbohydrate diets


Nutrition for Pregnancy Course 2023 –  designed for registered and student dietitians and nutritionists. 3 weekly sessions over Jan and Feb 2023. Pre-recorded sessions with a live panel discussion at the end. If interested, please email the BDA Maternal and Fertility Group ( to be on the waiting list

@BdaMaternal (twitter) and bda_maternalandfertility (Instagram)


Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and diet: Food Fact Sheet (2022). British Dietetic Association (BDA). Food Fact Sheet

Polycystic Ovary SyndromeNHS. Overview, symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment from the NHS

Why Fad Diets Won’t Help Your PCOS. (2022). Claire Petittt. Blog post all about fad diets for PCOS

Managing Carbohydrate Cravings with PCOS (2021). Claire Petittt. Blog post around carbohydrate cravings

Do I need to Supplement with Inositol for PCOS? (2021). Claire Petittt. Blog post around the role of inositol

Simple Dietary Changes You Can Make to Help Improve your PCOS symptoms (2021). Claire Petittt. Blog post highlighting key dietary strategies for managing PCOS



@BdaMaternal (Twitter) for the British Dietetic Association’s Maternal and Fertility Specialist Group

@Claire_pettitt (Twitter), @cp_nutritoinrd (Instagram) for Claire Petitt, RD



Diet and Female Fertility (2022). Webinar with Ro Huntriss RD and Dr Helen O’Neill