53 – Managing Midlife PCOS
Every woman experiences hormonal changes in midlife. For women with PCOS, the challenges are magnified because we are at a higher risk of adrenal issues and the cascade of symptoms that result. Dr. Karen Leggett is a women’s midlife health specialist and has joined the podcast to explain the benefits and challenges of being a woman with PCOS during perimenopause and menopause. Listen as she addresses some very common questions:
- What is estrogen dominance and what are the resulting health risks?
- Is natural hormone progesterone supplementation a good idea?
- What are the concerns with the Pill and Provera?
- What supplements should I consider?
- Can my diet help reduce estrogen dominance and my risk of breast cancer?
- Does alcohol affect my estrogen levels?
Dr. Karen Leggett is a board certified family and geriatric physician who has practiced functional medicine for over 15 years. She received her medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed both a family medicine residency and geriatric fellowship. Though she has always believed in integrative medicine, her commitment to holistic care came to its strongest test when 18 years ago, at the age of 39, she found herself struggling with profound fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, and a lack of passion for life. Fortunately, being a physician, it didn’t take her long to find out that conventional medicine had nothing to offer her. At that point, she devoted herself to studies through the American Academy of Anti-aging, focusing on full body hormone balance and setting into action everything she had learned. Within a few short months, Dr. Leggett was back to her happy, passionate and energetic self. Since then, Dr Leggett has been dedicated to helping midlife women balance their sex, adrenal, thyroid and gut hormones, and loving every minute of life. She has been President of Leggett Medical Group since 2004 and started the Women’s Midlife Specialist practice in 2012 when she developed a comprehensive year-long mentorship program for nurse practitioners to teach them how to care for midlife women’s hormonal imbalances in busy office practices. Most recently, Dr. Leggett has opened her programs to women throughout the world through the internet, guiding women to balance their own hormones through her Master Hormone Madness programs. She has also just celebrated becoming a best selling co-author with Brian Tracy in a book titled Success Manifesto, Get Energized, Focused and Downright Sexy Now, having reaching 4 best seller lists on Amazon to date.
For a list of Dr. Leggett’ favorite Natural Estrogen and Progesterone products which she suggests in this podcast, click here.