If You’re Not Thinking About Ovulation, You’re Not Thinking About Health

Ovulation benefits healthThis is my open letter to every clinician, personal trainer, and blogger who offers health advice without thinking about the importance of ovulation and natural ovulatory menstrual cycles.

Dear Sir,

Your health advice may cause your clients to stop ovulating. That’s a problem because regular ovulation is not just for making a baby. It’s also an important indicator or “vital sign” of your client’s general health. Furthermore, regular ovulation is the only way your client can make the ovarian hormones she needs for a healthy brain, bones, and metabolism.

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Is It PCOS or Hypothalamic Amenorrhea?

is it PCOS or hypothalamic amenorrheaIf you’ve lost your period, you may have noticed it’s tough to get the right diagnosis.

First, you’re told you have the hormonal condition PCOS, but then you’re told you might have hypothalamic amenorrhea.

What is the difference between PCOS and hypothalamic amenorrhea?

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Pain Is Not a Symptom of PCOS

PCOS painPain can be the symptom of several different gynecological conditions including endometriosis, adenomyosis, and ovarian cysts.

Pain is not a symptom of the hormonal condition PCOS.

But what if you have pain and your doctor discovers polycystic ovaries on ultrasound? Surely, that offers some kind of explanation? Nope. Your pain is not related to that ultrasound finding.

Here are three things to understand.

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Why I Ask Some Patients to Quit Desserts

fructose insulin resistanceDesserts and high-dose fructose can be a problem for health, especially if you have insulin resistance.

With my patients, I don’t worry too much about sugar as long as insulin is normal on a blood test. If insulin is high on a blood test (insulin resistance), I ask them to avoid all desserts and dessert-type foods including dried fruit like dates. They can still have whole fruit.

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