Dr. Tamsin Lewis: Risks of Birth Control Pill and IUDs, Tips for The Perimenopause Transition, Recovering from Overtraining Syndrome, and More

May 3, 2017


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On this show:

  • Discussing risks of the pill and IUD for female athletes.
  • What can happen when on birth control:
    • Inflammation CRP
    • Disrupt microbiome
    • Decrease B vitamins
    • Increase needs for Mg
  • The pill can also raise SHBG, which binds to testosterone, and there have been claims of cancer risks but that remains controversial.
  • Birth control and athletic performance
  • Also should women on the pill avoid LCHF diets?
  • LCHF diets will more likely affect thyroid hormones, which is relative to perceived energy deficit.
  • Women who are at the point in life where they want to be on BC (after having kids, etc.); suggestions for a good method of birth control for someone who’s scared about birth control’s cancer risks and performance losses?
  • Pro female athlete’s recovery from overtraining syndrome (OTS):
    • Cycles have returned but painful periods and fatigue remains.What to do?
  • Female athletes need to support hormones and the liver
  • Supplements mentioned:
    • Alpha lipolic acid
    • NAC
    • Glutathione
    • Calc D.
  • The liver enzyme and muscle breakdown issue – high AST and ALT are not just a sign of liver issues if you’re a hard-training athlete!
  • Advice for female athletes going through perimenopause and training recommendations.
  • Resource mentioned on this show: http://www.cemcor.ubc.ca/

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