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Did you know that at least 70% of individuals living with PCOS go undiagnosed? Ironically, for those who do receive a diagnosis, this usually only occurs after experiencing fertility issues during their early reproductive years (ages 20-30). This alludes a huge marginal error for those pursuing pregnancy later in life or who never pursue it at all.
While theses people go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, PCOS continues to adversely impact their mental wellbeing and quality of life. Symptoms like cystic acne, early menarche, and obesity may lead to ostracization, emotional eating, body dysmorphia, disordered eating, and/or isolation.
PCOS is a serious genetic and epigenetic multisystemic condition. Focusing only on the reproductive impacts is a gross disservice to patients. Their care must extend to their psychological welfare. This presentation will illuminate the intersection of PCOS diagnosis, clinician understanding of PCOS, and the mental and emotional repercussions for patients.
Dr. Gaynel Nave is a healer and Arizona-licensed naturopathic physician. She works with womxn to unlock the vibrant and vivacious queens living within them so they can embody their true selves. Her practice is virtual and serves her local Grand Rapids community and the world beyond. Her clinical focus is psychoneuroendocrinology - the relationship between hormones, the nervous system, and psychological well-being. She obtained her naturopathic medical degree at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ. Dr. Nave has also received training in Neuro Emotional Technique (NET), the principles of Internal Family Systems (IFS), and other forms of trauma-informed care.
Dr. Nave is passionate about education and keeping abreast of the developing knowledge and techniques within psychoneuroendocrinology. This pushes her to pursue training, research, and learning opportunities in a variety of fields including but not limited to social work, naturopathic medicine, psychiatry, pharmacology, and botanical medicine. In her off time she serves as secretary of the Psychiatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians (PsychANP) board of directors as well as on the subcommittees of professional development and board certification.
*Certified by the WANP for 1 Category 1 continuing education credit for Washington NDs*
(Originally presented October 16, 2021)