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Navigating Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome with Lara Briden

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Lara Briden PCOS

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder affecting in women of reproductive age. Around 1 in 5 women suffer from PCOS, however this number may be much higher as it is estimated that up to 70% of women with the condition remain undiagnosed.

While the cause of PCOS remains unknown the crux of the condition is hormone imbalance. Most symptoms are caused by high androgens levels and often manifest as acne, weight gain, excess body hair and irregular periods. PCOS also comes with a range of comorbidities such as infertility, metabolic dysfunction and mood disorders.

In today's podcast, women's health expert Dr Lara Briden takes us through the complexities of the PCOS patient picture and the many opportunities complementary medicine offers to sufferers where traditional medical approaches may have missed the mark. 

   

Covered in this episode:

[01:10] Welcoming back Lara Briden
[01:40] Today's Topic: PCOS
[03:15] Understanding what PCOS is
[04:20] Diagnosis Criteria
[05:50] The different types of PCOS
[07:19] Incidence of insulin resistance and obesity
[08:43] Signs and symptoms
[12:49] Hirsutism and Hair loss
[14:28] Medical management of PCOS
[16:42] Hormonal birth control as a treatment
[17:54] Natural Medicine has a lot to offer
[20:07] Assessing insulin resistance
[21:22] Sex Hormone Binding Gobulin connection (SHBG)
[23:26] The problems with the oral contraceptive pill (OCP)
[25:28] Natural medicines: important dietary changes
[29:58] Exercise is an important prescription
[31:15] Magnesium - "the natural metformin"
[31:56] Lipoic acid
[32:38] Address Vitamin D deficiency
[37:24] Berberine
[40:28] N-acetyl-cysteine
[41:12] Treatments for non-insulin resistant PCOS
[42:44] Herbal combination: peony and liquorice
[45:57] False Unicorn Root
[46:25] Vitex
[47:37] Zinc
[49:44] Safety issues and risk factors
[53:30] Diindolymethane (DIM)
[54:11] "Don’t take the PCOS diagnosis at face value"
[54:46] Final summary and thanks

Additional resources

Lara Briden's Healthy Hormone Blog
The Period Repair Manual
National Institutes for Health: PCOS
Australian Doctor: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
By Dr Warren Kidson

 


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Lara Briden

Lara Briden is a naturopathic doctor and the period revolutionary—leading the change to better periods.

Informed by a strong science background and more than twenty years with patients, Lara is a passionate communicator about women’s health and alternatives to hormonal birth control.  Her book Period Repair Manual is a manifesto of natural treatment for better hormones and better periods and provides practical solutions using nutrition, supplements, and natural hormones.  Now in its second edition, the book has been an underground sensation and has worked to quietly change the lives of tens of thousands of women.

Lara divides her time between Christchurch, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia, where she has consulting rooms. She’s helped thousands of women find relief for period problems such as PCOS, PMS, endometriosis, and perimenopause.