New Paradigms in Understanding PCOS: Impact of the Microbiome

Felice Gersh, MD


Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition with enormous impact upon the lives of affected young women, is the most common female endocrine dysfunction during the reproductive years. However, PCOS remains amazingly underdiagnosed, poorly understood, and inadequately treated. The incredible role played by the gut microbiome in women with PCOS is only beginning to be realized. This presentation will explore the newest findings and theories on the relationship of the gut microbiome, sex hormones, and PCOS. Practical ways to evaluate these issues will be provided, along with efficacious and novel therapies to improve the lives of the many young women suffering with this condition.

  • Learn how an unhealthy gut microbiome can have dramatic effects on systemic inflammation, insulin resistance, hyperandrogenemia, and PCOS
  • Discuss the relationship between sex hormones and the gut microbiota
  • Create a strategic therapeutic plan to help your patients with PCOS to restore a healthy gut microbiome and ameliorate the often-devastating symptoms and metabolic effects associated with this condition

References: 1. Tremellen K et al, Med Hypotheses. (2012) Jul;79(1);104-112 – 2. Lattimer JM et al, Nutrients 2010; 2:1266-89 – 3. Haro C, et al. PLOS One. 2016; 11(5)

Keywords: PCOS – endocrine function – gut microbiome – sex hormones – Gut Microbiome – GI Testing – GI effects – systemic inflammation

Felice Gersh, MDMima Geere, MD, MS

Dr. Gersh has received her education and training at the most prestigious institutions. Her undergraduate degree was obtained at Princeton University, where she majored in History and graduated in only three years, and her medical degree came from the University of Southern California, where she was recognized as the most accomplished woman medical student and was awarded entry into the prestigious medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha.

Subsequent to medical school, Dr. Gersh did her residency at the renowned program at Kaiser Hospital in Los Angeles, where she won the Creog Award annually, recognizing her as the highest scoring resident on the standardized tests all residents across the nation take. Since founding the Women's Medical Group of Irvine, which was transformed years later into the current Integrative Medical Group of Irvine, Dr. Gersh has continued to gather numerous awards. She has received the Orange County Medical Association's Physician of Excellence Award for the past dozen years, and the SuperDoctor of Southern California Award several times as well, most recently in 2014 and 2015. She has been honored with the Outstanding Faculty Award by the OB/GYN department at the University of Southern California, where she taught residents surgery as an attending staff and Assistant Clinical Professor for more than 12 years. Dr. Gersh has been involved in other philanthropic work, providing surgery to the uninsured indigent of Orange County, and being awarded the honor of being recognized as the outstanding volunteer surgeon.

Dr. Gersh has spent her entire career both as educator and student. She has never stopped learning and striving to gain more expertise in all areas of medicine. She sees the patient as a whole being, never as some isolated organs, and so, to properly treat her patients, she has believed that continual learning is a must. To that end, she attends innumerable conferences each year, and is often a speaker at them as well. Dr. Gersh is now one of the most sought after lecturers on topics of women's health and speaks around the nation at major medical conferences, as well as doing webinars, webcasts, and podcasts. She also writes a series of monthly articles on the topic of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome which is read by women around the globe.

Dr. Gersh is a dedicated physician, committed to excellence in all respects, who always puts the interests of her patients above all else and has looked to the safest and most efficacious therapies to guide her patients on their paths back to wellness.

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