FAQs and other Resources
As well as my own book Living PCOS Free, I also recommend the following:
Eating Plant-Based: Scientific Answers to Your Nutrition Questions by Dr Shireen Kassam and Dr Zahra Kassam
Plant-Based Nutrition in Clinical Practice (I co-wrote the chapter on women’s health) – especially useful for health professionals and students
The Plant Power Doctor: A simple prescription for a healthier you (Includes delicious recipes to transform your health) by Dr Gemma Newman
For recipes, I love books by Vegan Richa and Deliciously Ella.
RCOG – Royal College of Obstreticians and Gynaecologists
Dr Rajiv Bajekal – information on bone health and a variety of other areas
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No, I am afraid I do not give any individualised medical advice to patients on social media or via email. I am very strict about this for ethical and legal reasons and will not answer these queries. If you are not a current patient, please note I will not be able to give any medical advice via email, telephone or social media.
Please do seek medical advice or health advice from a qualified professional. I also have many free resources on my website including my factsheets
Most of the illnesses that doctors see in their daily practice are related to lifestyle. So it makes sense to use evidence based lifestyle therapeutic approaches to treat these lifestyle related conditions. The same is true for many of the women’s health issues that I see. Read more about lifestyle medicine HERE and my information leaflets on conditions such as PCOS, Endometriosis, Fibroids and Menopause.
Yes, eating a plant based diet, focusing on whole plants such as fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains is not just safe but women (and men) can thrive on it at all stages of their lives. This includes while trying for a baby, during pregnancy and in the lead up to menopause and after. All major nutrition and dietetic associations are in agreement with regards to this and its suitability for children. Read more information HERE.
I would strongly suggest that you read my information on The Role of Soya on Men and Women’s Health where I answer common questions so you can be reassured about the many benefits of soya. You may also want to hear my discussion on Soya on my podcast with Main Street Vegan and on YouTube. Check out my leaflets on the Perimenopause and Menopause.
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) infection is a very common infection transmitted through close sexual contact. Most women will clear it naturally but some women will need further tests. Read more about HPV in my resource section under HPV and HPV vaccination. You may also find the information on Post Coital bleeding (bleeding after sex) and LLETZ procedure useful.
No, not necessarily at all. Many women can find bringing in lifestyle changes can help them with their symptoms. Read my Menopause nutrition advice and my leaflet on soya and plant oestrogens here. Some women however will benefit from taking Hormone Replacement therapy where I also talk about why it is important to avoid Bioidentical Hormones.