In today’s episode, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Toni discuss the importance of tracking signs and symptoms you experience, such as: migraines, periods, bloating, food intake, sleep habits and water intake. They cover different technology and apps, in addition to old-school methods like paper calendars and journals, rubber bands and gold stars, so you can really see what is going on with your health and foster healthy habits. If you can track it, you can attack it!
In this episode, we cover:
Oura ring to track sleep, heart rate, heart rate variability (HRV), body temperature
Staying hydrated with simple methods using rubber bands and gold stars or tracking habits with a bullet journal
For more information about bullet journaling, see Episode 11
Today’s Mama Must Have:
Dr. Lisa is a big fan of her cordless handheld vacuum to allow Stuart to help clean up around the house.
Dr. Toni is grateful for hydrotherapy techniques like wet sock treatment, neti pots and steam inhalation, as well as homeopathy to manage symptoms and support immune function while she and Frankie recovered from Covid.
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Disclaimer: The information provided in this presentation is not meant to replace treatment with a licensed health care practitioner. It is for informational purposes only. Consult with a Naturopathic Doctor or other licensed health care professional to determine which treatments are safe for you.
In this episode, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Toni are talking about the different types of ovarian cysts that perimenopausal women can commonly experience, including PCOS. Did you know that if you have ovarian cysts, it doesn’t mean you have PCOS? Find out what symptoms you need to watch for, what lab testing to consider and natural approaches to effectively managing ovarian cysts.
What types of ovarian cysts can you develop?
Functional cysts – related to menstrual cycle, usually harmless, rarely cause pain, resolve within 3 cycles
Follicular cyst – when follicle fails to release egg at ovulation and continues to grow, forming a cyst
Corpus luteum cyst – when follicle releases eggs, corpus luteum continues to grow and accumulates fluid inside, forming a cyst
Other cysts: – can become large and shift position of ovary, increasing chance of twisting, or ovarian torsion, which can be painful and cause decrease of blood flow to ovary
Dermoid cysts – also called teratomas, can contain tissue like hair, skin or teeth, because they form embryonic cells, rarely cancerous
Cystadenomas – develop on surface of ovary containing either water or mucus
Endometriomas – develop as a result of uterine endometrial tissue growing outside of uterus and attaching to ovary, related to endometriosis
These kinds of ovarian cysts are different than polycystic ovarian syndrome.
What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?
Endocrine condition that affects other systems as well:
not only hormones and fertility, but also your skin, cardiovascular system, metabolism, immunity, mental-emotional health and more
Risk factors for developing ovarian cysts:
Irregular menstrual cycles
Insulin resistance and increased androgens like circulating testosterone in PCOS
insulin stimulates secretion of testosterone by ovaries, inhibits sex hormone binding globulin from liver, leading to increased circulating testosterone, leading to acne, excess facial and body hair and male pattern baldness in women
Vitex, black cohosh, white peony and maca can support hormone balance and menstrual regularity
Supports menstrual cycle regulation and amount of flow
Adaptogens like rhodiola, schisandra, ashwagandha, licorice, tribulus
may improve menstrual regularity, weight, insulin sensitivity, quality of life and mood
NAC, DIM, calcium d-glucarate, hops supports liver detoxification to properly process excess estrogen
Today’s Mama Must Haves:
Dr. Lisa loves her homemade “bits and bites” snack: TumYumm puffed fox nuts (Himalayan sea salt flavour) with broken up plantain chips, raw pumpkin seeds for healthy 3pm snack
Dr. Toni is a big fan of film festivals and recommends checking out the Calgary Underground Film Festival online – streaming until May 2. She watched Together Together with Ed Helms (from the US version of The Office) about surrogacy.