Polycystic ovarian syndrome is one of the most misunderstood – and overlooked – endocrine disorders affecting women and those assigned female at birth. For example, did you know that as high as 3 out of 4 women with PCOS will NEVER be diagnosed?

Or, that PCOS is a close cousin of type two diabetes? My social feeds are being flooded right now with talk of nutrition for hormonal health so I wanted to explore evidence-based strategies for caring for our reproductive system – and hormonal balance in general – here on the pod.

And I could not think of a better person to speak to about polycystic ovarian syndrome than Dr Nitu Bajekal MD, an obstetrician/gynecologist and co-author of the book Living PCOS free with her daughter, nutritionist Rohini Bajekal. 

Dr Nitu is an advocate for reproductive health for all humans, and I am so appreciative of her inclusive and positive approach regarding weight as well as ensuring that the needs of non-binary people and trans men are supported in healthcare. This episode is a deep dive into what PCOS is, the signs and symptoms to discuss with your physician as well as a look at evidence-based lifestyle medicine – sleep, movement and nutrition – that complement traditional care.

If you’re the proud owner of a pair of ovaries, you are not going to want to miss this episode of The Allsorts Podcast.

About Dr Nitu Bajekal MD:

dr nitu bajekal on the allsorts podcast
PCOS expert Dr Nitu Bajekal, co-author of Living PCOS Free

Dr Nitu Bajekal MD is a Consultant Gynaecologist and a Women’s Health Specialist with over 35 years of clinical experience and the co-author of Living PCOS Free with her daughter, nutritionist Rohini Bajekal. Her areas of expertise include the management of heavy and painful periods, menopause, fibroids, and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

On this episode we chat about:

  • What exactly is polycystic ovarian syndrome?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of PCOS?
  • The role of genetics vs lifestyle/environment in risk
  • The role of insulin vs estrogen in PCOS (it might surprise you!)
  • The impact of PCOS on mental health?
  • What is the role of nutrition in PCOS?
  • Low carb diets for hormonal health: what’s the evidence?
  • What the science says about soy and hormones
  • What a holistic self-care program for PCOS looks like

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Connect with Dr Nitu:

Website: https://nitubajekal.com 

Instagram: @drnitubajekal 

Episode Links + Recommendations:

Living PCOS Free Book

The Allsorts Podcast Ep 7 on Endometriosis
The Allsorts Podcast Ep 4 on The Science of Soy

Listen to (or watch!) Dr Nitu Bajekal on The Allsorts Podcast

Thanks so much for listening to this episode of The Allsorts Podcast, which is produced by myself and edited by Brian McCalman. We are grateful to live and work and learn on the unceded and ancestral territory of the squamish, musqueum, and tsleil-waututh peoples.