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The number one cause of treatment failure in PCOS

May 13, 2021 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Polycystic ovarian syndrome is one of the most common endocrine disorders and can be a risk factor for infertility and pregnancy loss. The diagnosis is based on the Rotterdam Criteria, requiring the patient to have 2/3 of the following: 
Irregular or absent cycles
Symptoms and/or blood levels indicating excess androgens
Polycystic ovaries, observed via ultrasound

Antihistamines and Cervical Mucus

Apr 05, 2021 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
The cherry blossoms are in full bloom, and for many people, this means allergy season is here. Runny nose, red itchy eyes, sneezing, brain fog, fatigue, allergies are no fun.

Endometrial microbiome and implantation

Feb 16, 2021 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Yes, that’s right your endometrium has its own microbiome! And it may have an influence on implantation. 

Tips to get your Digestion through the Holiday Season

Nov 22, 2020 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
The holiday season is just around the corner, and this usually means enjoying a few more of the inflammatory foods (hello eggnog!). If you’re planning on indulging in more of your food sensitivities, this can sometimes mean a more inflamed gut. 

Vitamin D & Fertility: Why everyone should get tested.

Oct 14, 2020 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
The days are getting shorter, and darker. It’s time to get your vitamin D levels checked!
Vitamin D is often referenced for its role in bone health, and immune health. However, Vitamin D also has a major role in reproductive health and fertility. It is often missed during a standard fertility workup. Given the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency here, in the pacific northwest, Vitamin D levels should be checked in everyone. 

How does Nutrition affect your Period?

Sep 21, 2020 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Our hormonal system, or “endocrine system” is a complex communication network between our brain and various organs. When it comes to the menstrual cycle, we often focus on hormones such as FSH, LH, estrogen, and progesterone. While these are definitely important factors for our balanced menstrual cycle, they are not the only hormonal factors at play. Today I want to talk about nutrition and how it relates to reproductive hormone balance.

How to optimize your Microbiome: Part 2

Sep 13, 2020 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
In my last post, I introduced the microbiome - what it is, it’s benefits, risk factors, and signs of an imbalanced microbiota. Check it out here. Today I want to talk about 3 things you can do at home to optimize your microbiome balance.
3 Daily Tips to Optimize your Gut Microbiome:

How to optimize your Microbiome: Part 1

Aug 16, 2020 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
The area of microbiome and health is really beginning to blow up, and with good reason. Our bugs in our microbiome vastly outnumber our own cells, but roughly 10:1. Weighing roughly the same as your brain, science around the importance of our microbiome is growing each day. Here I introduce our microbiome and discuss signs and risk factors to microbiome imbalances.

PCOS: Should I be taking Myo-inositol?

Jul 15, 2020 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is an ovulatory disorder impacting nearly 1.4 million Canadians. It is associated with a range of symptoms including irregular cycles or amenorrhea, acne, hirsutism, hair loss and more.

Stress Part 2: Digestion & Inflammation

Jun 18, 2020 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
How does stress affect your digestion? Do you notice loose stools, constipation or bloating? Last post I talked about the stress response and how it can impact your immune system. If you missed it, you can read it here. Today I’m talking about stress and your digestion.