” Oh My Ovaries!” : Interview with Celeb OB/GYN, Dr. Tosha Rogers

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Ftosha-rogers1-650x790or those of you who don’t know, I suffer heavily from fibroid uterus which just means I am a fibroid making machine. Our Reader Reach- Out honoree, Tiffany Brown, has PolyCystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)  and many of my friends struggle with endometriosis.
Since so many women suffer from uterine related complications,  I set out to investigate what we can do to help ourselves manage and treat these conditions. There are many experts in this field but Dr. Rogers has become a premiere educator on the subject due to her extensive research.  Not to mention that, among other things, she has appeared on the RHOA’s Kandi Burruss’s talk show! Read below and stay tuned as we bring you more from Dr. Rogers right here on this blog!
FABU
What are the 3 most powerful lifestyle changes one can make to support living with PCOS and endometriosis?
TR
 For PCOS- exercise, diet and medication changes
 For endometriosis- exercise, diet and hormone meds
FABU
 Do you think there is a link between endometriosis, PCOS and diet?
TR
There is definitely a link between PCOS and diet, but not endometriosis. We suspect that there is a genetic component to endometriosis. If you have a family member with it, there is a 10% increase that you will have it.
 FABU
 Are there foods to definitely avoid if you have PCOS?
TR
Absolutely. There are an entire component of foods that should be avoided. I usually recommend my patients follow the Glycemic index diet. Maintaining low sugar/low carbs and high protein.
 FABU
 Is there is a link between PCOS and sugar cravings?
TR
 Absolutely. Based on the very complex pathophysiology of PCOS, it is the reason for the sugar cravings. The elevated insulin levels are the actual reason.
FABU
Aside from diet and exercise, are there any natural remedies to lower blood sugar and help insulin resistance
TR
None that I recommend. Outside of medication, I would say limited to no intake of sugar and carbs.
FABU
How much exercise do you recommend for someone with PCOS?
TR
I usually recommend at least one hour of exercise daily, and only cardio.
FABU
 Is it true that pregnancy “cures” PCOS and fibroids?
TR
No, once diagnosed with PCOS, it will always be present, but it can be controlled. Fibroids also shrink during pregnancy, but they will regenerate. It is said that pregnancy “cures” endometriosis-per se.
 FABU
 What made you specialize in these subjects?
TR
 During my training, I worked with one of the leading experts in PCOS. It was amazing to me how many women are actually affected. When I learned how easily it could be treated and how it’s treatment could drastically improve a woman’s health, I decided that it was important to learn it, and get good at it.
FABU
 What support services & resources do you recommend for women living with each condition
TR
For  PCOS: once in treatment, life drastically changes for these patients. I always refer my patients to www.soulcysters.com. It’s a great site, with accurate information, unlike other sites and many textbooks and they also have a blog and a support group.
Endometriosis-the most important thing for a woman with this condition is to decide on what her reproductive plans are. Once that’s decide and discussed, a plan can be made. If pain is a factor, a plan is very important so that addiction to pain meds does not become a reality. There are many support groups and blogs for these patients. The most important thing to know is that there are different degrees of endometriosis, the worse it is, the less pain one will have-surprisingly. So what works for a friend with the same disease may not work for you. Seek counsel.
 FABU
 If you could leave my readers with 3 recommendations for best managing these conditions what would these be?
TR
    A. Find a healthcare provider that specializes in your disorder, and make sure that you are able to bond with and relate to them, because communication is key.
    B. The healthier you are, the better any disorder is, so exercise and a healthy diet are important
    C. Decide what your reproductive goals are, because that will help decide the long term plan. If pregnancy is desired begin taking Folic acid 1mg daily immediately!!!!
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