MONTHLY CYCLE AND PCOS MYTHS with Dr. Fiona McCulloch

Dr. Fiona McCulloch, the founder and owner of White Lotus Integrative Medicine has worked with thousands of people seeking better health over the past 16 years of her practice. She is committed to health education, sharing the most current information on health topics, nutrition and natural medicine.Fiona has published many articles and is a regular contributor to NDNR, one of the leading journals for naturopathic doctors as well as other publications for health professionals. Her popular research-based blog has 30,000 readers per month and her first book “8 Steps To Reverse Your PCOS” will be published on September 20th, 2016 for PCOS Awareness Month.

As a woman with PCOS herself, who struggled for many years with its symptoms, she’s passionate about health education and advocacy  for women with PCOS, and serves on the medical advisory committee of the PCOS Awareness Association and as an expert on IVF.ca. She is also a medical advisor to Open Source Health – a women’s health technology platform.

The Open Source Health Precision Medicine PCOS Project was started in December 2015 and may be the largest ever project to use state of the art genetic and molecular research, science, evidence-based integrative medicine and technology to help the growing underserved community of women with PCOS.Fiona also frequently lectures to professionals including naturopathic doctors and integrative medicine clinicians and also to students at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.

Fiona is a proponent of evidence-based natural medicine and peer-reviews for Natural Standard, an database on evidence-based natural medicine.Fiona is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (2001) and the University of Guelph (Biological Science/Molecular Biology and Genetics).


In our conversation, we discuss: What is a "Normal" Cycle and Things to Keep an Eye Out for, Eggs and Mitochondrial Health, HPA Axis and how does it impact our Sleep, Emotional Stress, and testing for PCOS, Endometriosis, and Hypothyroidism.


You’ll want to listen to this episode if you’ve ever had questions about your cycle and / or have heavy cycles, loss or gain of hair, or other symptoms of hormonal imbalances.


Her book, 8 Steps to Reverse PCOS, is available online and you can find more about her Toronto-based clinic here.

Dr. Fiona McCulloch

Dr. Fiona McCulloch, she's a mother, a doctor, an author, and the owner of White Lotus Clinic in Toronto a clinic that specializes in all things for female health. Dr. Fiona is known for her book, 8 Steps to Reverse PCOS, but sees patients with all types of female health issues. She rebalanced her body from her own PCOS and continues to help thousands of women to do so as well.

Dr. Fiona McCullough is out of this world incredible. She's a mother, a doctor, an explorer, an author, and the owner of a clinic in Toronto that has numerous doctors and patients. She is a naturopath who understands how the whole body works. Though she is known for treating PCOS because of the success of her amazing book, 8 Steps to Reverse PCOS, she looks at and deals with the entire women's cycle. In our conversation, we cover off an often overlooked subject - menstruation!

Topics covered include include:

  • Eggs and Mitochondrial Health and Adrenarche
  • "Normal" Cycle and Things to Keep an Eye Out for
  • HPA Axis: Sleep, Emotional Stress
  • Misdiagnoses - PCOS, Endometriosis, Hypothyroidism
  • Birth Control, the Cycle and Bone Health
  • Antimullerian Egg Reserve
  • Testing for PCOS and for Endometriosis
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Vocabulary to Know:
  • Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA axis)
  • Luteinizing hormone (LH)
  • Corpus luteum
  • Estradiol (E2)
  • Adrenarche

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