Episode - The Relationship Between PCOS and Thyroid Health with Dr. Felice Gersh


The Relationship Between PCOS and Thyroid Health with Dr. Felice Gersh

“Thyroid is a huge issue in women with PCOS.” – Dr. Felice Gersh

According to the best estimates, at least 10% of women have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Its prevalence is increasing across the world, and for many of these women, the symptoms persist throughout their reproductive years and into menopause while the underlying factors are never addressed.

While a PCOS diagnosis can feel overwhelming and seems so negative, through lifestyle changes and mind-body practices, you can have unbelievable transformations in the body.

Today, I’m joined by Dr. Felice Gersh to talk about PCOS and its connection to thyroid autoimmunity. Dr. Gersh is board-certified in OB/GYN and integrative medicine and is a multi-award-winning author, speaker, and busy clinician. She was one of the first dual board-certified Integrative Gynecologists in the United States. She combines the most evidence-based, safest, and efficacious therapeutics to help women of all ages optimize their health.

In this conversation, Dr. Gersh and I discuss the prevalence of PCOS, the importance of an integrative approach to treatment, the role of estrogen and testosterone in PCOS, what you need to know about hormonal birth control pills, the connection between PCOS and thyroid health, and more. Enjoy the episode!


During this episode, you’ll learn about:

  • Dr. Gersh’s experience having to diagnose and treat her own PCOS
  • Why an integrative approach is critical
  • The prevalence of PCOS
  • Driving factors contributing to the increasing incidence of PCOS
  • The role of endocrine disruptors, such as bisphenol A (BPA), in the development of PCOS
  • How estradiol deficiency in women with PCOS affects hormone signaling and circadian rhythm
  • The testosterone to estradiol pathway and how an imbalance can cause metabolic havoc
  • How birth control pills work and the potential link between long-term use and PCOS
  • Approaching PCOS with a global lifestyle program
  • Nurturing the gut microbiome
  • The benefits of intermittent fasting for women with PCOS
  • The relationship between PCOS and thyroid health
  • Dr. Gersh’s approach to testing and why she advocates for doing a comprehensive workup
  • How you can access the PCOS SOS Summit for free


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