In this episode, Dr. Suzanne Fenske shares her integrative approach for treating numerous women's health conditions including hormonal imbalances, endometriosis and PCOS. She is a big proponent of using a healthy lifestyle to overcome these health issues, including an anti-inflammatory diet, high quality sleep, stress management and the right exercise. She also shares what symptoms are normal vs common, what peri-menopausal women need to know, the importance of gut and liver health, when to use Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), and more!
Board-certified gynecologist and integrative health expert Suzanne Fenske, MD, FACOG, provides holistic medical care to optimize patients’ health at TārāMD in Lenox Hill, Manhattan, in New York City. Dr. Fenske applies her broad medical expertise to treat a range of complex conditions, including hormone imbalances, endometriosis, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), using a functional approach. Dr. Fenske entered an accelerated medical program at age 17 before starting her undergraduate education at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She then attended medical school at Drexel College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she discovered her passion for women’s health. She continued her training with a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Fenske continued to advance her education and training with a highly renowned minimally invasive gynecologic surgery fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, also in New York City. Even after all this training, she felt her patients deserved more comprehensive care. This led her to pursue additional training in whole-body health care at the University of Arizona Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine in Tucson, Arizona. Today, Dr. Fenske uses her unique combination of advanced training to provide unmatched care in hormone therapy for perimenopause and menopause, SoLā for pelvic pain, and functional medicine for a range of gynecological conditions. She also contributes to peer-reviewed studies, news articles, and national conferences. Outside her office, Dr. Fenske lives a rich life with her supportive husband, two daughters, and their pet, Lola. She enjoys cooking, meditation, reading, and yoga.
0:51 Welcome to the show!
1:36 Pop Quiz Question
2:39 Chatting about women’s hormones
5:39 About Dr. Suzanne Fenske
7:26 Welcome Suzanne to the podcast!
11:01 Getting started with hormone optimization
14:23 Why does lifestyle matter for PCOS?
16:20 Why are PCOS & Endometriosis overlooked?
18:26 Symptoms that are not normal
20:37 What is ideal/optimal for the menstrual cycle
22:04 Her approach to PCOS
23:34 Addressing insulin & glucose
25:05 *Magnesium Breakthrough*
26:53 Optimizing over-active androgens
27:46 Birth control options & alternatives
29:52 Endometriosis: causes & solutions
32:15 Lab testing estrogen & progesterone
26:53 Lifestyle modifications for Endometriosis
38:57 Pelvic Floor pain
41:37 SoLa Pelvic Therapy
43:25 Perimenopause & hormonal fluctuations
47:15 When to start Bioidentical Hormones &
48:47 Gut Microbiome health
50:15 Liver function & alcohol consumption
51:50 Sleep support with Sensate
53:34 How to supper increased hunger & cravings
54:35 Her final piece of advice
55:25 The inspiration for TaraMD
56:14 Thanks for tuning in!
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