Stephanie Pirotta

Developing clinical weight management strategies in women with polycystic ovary syndrome

Stephanie Pirotta – stephanie.pirotta@monash.edu

Stephanie is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with a degree in Food Science and Nutrition (Hons) and a Masters in Dietetics. She is passionate about promoting healthy eating and exercise behaviours across all individuals for optimal health and well-being. Stephanie has previous experience working in private practice and research. Through her clinics she has seen an increase in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) patients sparking particular interest in the area. Several complexities arise from PCOS that impact on the overall health of women. Due to the imbalance of hormones in the body PCOS impacts on metabolic (insulin resistance, glucose intolerance, increased risk of heart disease) and reproductive systems (infertility, anovulation, hyperandrogenism and hirsutism) leading to a variety of psychological side effects (depression and anxiety). These are all exacerbated by the presence of excess weight.

With a focus of developing a new model of care for weight loss, Stephanie aims to help health professionals target women who need additional allied health services to prevent weight gain amongst PCOS sufferers. In turn reducing severity of associated side-effects and increasing the overall quality of life of women with PCOS.