Endometriosis & PCOS – Episode 135
- [04:46] Endometriosis
- [13:36] Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), Birth Control Pills, and Sex Drive
- [19:03] Cold Sore
- [24:27] Mouth Ulcers From Betaine HCL
- [26:04] Harder To Lose Weight After Gaining It Back
- [30:50] Easy Strength, and Greasing The Groove Type Training
- [48:55] Navy Seal Training and Preparation For BUD/S
1. Questions about my Paleo uterus
Hi Robb and Greg,
I thought for weeks and weeks about how to make this opening paragraph hilarious so that you would read it and respond, but I’m at a loss. I’m just not that funny, so I’m going to take the straightforward approach. I think I’ve checked all the previous podcasts for any information you might have given already about endometriosis and other uterine issues. You mentioned it in episode 66, but I didn’t find a whole lot that addressed my specific questions. In case I missed something, I apologize in advance for asking a redundant question. I know that many people experience relief from endometriosis just by switching to a standard Paleo diet, but that hasn’t been the case for me.
I had a laparoscopy last week to get a good picture of all my organs. I have stage- three endometriosis on my appendix, intestines, bladder, uterus, ovaries, and other organs. I also have adenomyosis. I had a miscarriage last fall and switched to a Paleo diet immediately after that. My doctor (who supports a Paleo lifestyle) has suggested that endometriosis and/or low progesterone could have caused the miscarriage. I am going to have an open surgery in a few weeks to remove the endometriosis and hopefully improve my pain and fertility.
Even though I switched to a Paleo diet, I’m still getting severe cramps every month. Last month, I tried to be a Paleo hero and avoid taking any Aleve. Well, I ended up getting such severe cramps that I took six Aleve, passed out several times, and had to go to the emergency room for morphine. Faileo. The surgery might help the endometriosis, but it won’t address the adenomyosis, which may be responsible for the cramps. Is there anything that you know of that can help reduce cramps? I’ve considered trying the autoimmune diet. I’ve also heard that a very low carb Paleo diet can help. Other people have said red meat is the problem (and I eat a lot of that). Have you heard of n-acetylcysteine helping with cramps?
Also, despite my Paleo diet, I still get acne every month. I’ve wondered if there is an estrogen dominance issue here. If so, is that related to the endometriosis and what should I do to address that?
This might be unrelated, but I also have chronic hives. I’m wondering if it’s somehow connected to all the problems I have with my uterus.
In case this is relevant, I’m currently eating a standard Paleo diet (as I already mentioned). I eat some fruit and sweet potatoes. I also eat a fair amount of 85% dark chocolate and one cup of coffee per day. I don’t eat dairy except for a tiny bit of cream in my coffee. I take Zyrtec because of the hives. I’m 5’5”, 125 pounds, and about 20% body fat. I workout three times per week with my husband, who is a personal trainer. We focus on general, functional fitness.
Thank you so much for reading this and responding. Please tell Keystone I said hello.
Hi Robb and Greg,
I first found your podcast about 2 weeks ago, and have listened solidly to about 90 episodes in a straight run. What can I say… amazing! I really think what you’re doing is set to go viral and change the lives of millions of people worldwide.
Now, the question: My girlfriend was diagnosed with PCOS a couple of years ago. She initially got a lot of persistent spots and started losing some hair, but after I convinced her to basically stop eating grains and stick to low GI foods, things got a lot better. She also went on the pill, as recommended by her doctor, and everything seemed to be fine. However, after a couple of months on the pill (diane 35 I think), she experienced a really serious drop in sex drive and basically became totally disinterested in sex – bad news. Anyway, after about 6 months on the pill, she came off it, and the sex drive soon came back – good news! Her PCOS symptoms were also pretty much gone, except for slightly longer periods. This lasted for about a year, until her periods started getting more and more irregular, and she got a couple of spots, so she went back on the pill. As before, she has started to lose sex drive… Her diet is getting a lot better, and she is basically grain free now, and doing intensive exercise 1-2 times a week, as well as some basic resistance exercise with kettlebells. She is also supplementing with about 1g of fish oil a day and a multivitamin (http://dietarysupplements.nlm.nih.gov/dietary/detail.jsp?name=Natures+Bounty+Ultra+Woman&contain=14010160&pageD=brand).
I’d really like to know whether you can think of any mechanism that might be behind the changes in sex drive, and whether there’s anything she can do to fix it. If she does come off the pill and tightens up her diet even more, while maintaining a healthy lifestyle, how likely is it that the PCOS would go away totally?
Some background information: She’s 30, about 110lbs, 5’6″ with a pretty slender figure. Her doctor says she has an unusually high basal body temperature.
We’d be really grateful for your advice.
Thanks a lot!
3. cold sore
Greg and Robb,
I was listening to podcast 118 and you mentioned cold sore, something about running your body down. I used to get a cold sore on average 2 to 3 times a year. Fingers crossed I haven’t had one in almost 2 years. Things that I have changed is diet(Paleo all the way) and high intensity weight training. Can these two things help? I’m always nervous one will just pop up again. Am i cured? LOL probably not but you never know. Thanks in advance
4. Mouth Ulcers from Betaine HCL
Alright Robert and Gregory
My question is simple. I get mouth ulcers whenever I use Betaine HCL so I was wondering if it is something to worry about? I know it’s a sign of inflammation.
They literally appear almost straight away on my tonuge when I eat a tablet full of Beatine HCL.
Also, if I can’t use Betaine HCL is there another supplement that I could use to help increase stomach acid.
p.s. Congrats on your kid if its arrived by the time this is read out.
5. Paleo Flunkies…Harder the Second Time?
I’ve conducted several Paleo challenges at my gym. Some people make the lifestyle change, while others retreat to their old habits and gain the weight they lost back (and sometimes more!). When they decide to get back on the wagon, they seem to have a harder time than the first losing weight.
Have you heard/seen this before? Any scientific facts to back up the notion that this yo-yo dieting makes it harder to trim up?
6. Easy Strength
I’ve listened to every Podcast, some two or three times, and I’m enjoying how some of the more recent podcasts have centered around training and programming. In that vein, I was wondering what you guys thought of Easy Strength (specifically), but a steady-state/”greasing the groove” type of training program (generally). This has come up before when Rob talked about working towards a one-arm chin. What I’d like to hear is not only about this type of program, but how it relates to ancestral fitness. The more I think about it, the more sense it makes to me that we’re wired for many reps at an “easy” weight: think building shelter, moving shelter, hauling wood, felling trees, killing prey and moving food. Now, I know the typical “Primal” notion is to “move around a lot at a slow pace”, but I don’t classify those actions as such. So, a program that’s built around deads, squats, pullups, presses, kettle bell swings, farmer’s walks, etc., done most days (or every day) at a sub maximum weight (60 – 80%) seems to be more inline with out evolutionary needs than a few HIT workouts per week and a lot of hiking/moving slowly. What do you think about this? In application, yes, one would still sprint and hike and play; but, one would also do a ton of lifting with a robust amount of volume at sub max weights. I know you guys will ask, so in terms of “why?” or “What’s the goal?”, I’d answer that by saying maximum muscle and strength capacity with minimal stress and injury. I’m moving in this direction in a N=1 experiment coming from Crossfit then moving towards a MEBB template. I think I like the idea of not straining much (and I’m only 30!) I’m sick of getting hurt and moving injured. Any thoughts would be great! As I write this I’m incorporating a steady state program of handstand holds, chins, l sits, deads, and ring dips. My strength numbers are going up, I feel good, and I’m not working out hard. I do still sprint once a week, though.
Keep up the great work.
7. Preparing for BUD/S
Hey Robb & Greg,
I just finished my first year at the United States Naval Academy and I hope to service select SEALs when I graduate. Obviously one of my big questions is how to physically prepare myself for the SEAL screener, BUD/S, and a future career as a SEAL operator.
I spent the better part of my first year following the Starting Strength program in addition to required morning workouts. I am coming to the point where my strength gains are starting to dwindle on the linear progression and I no longer have required morning workouts so I would like to switch to a program that includes conditioning. My plan is to start following Crossfit Football, but it is no secret that the screener and BUD/S are endurance biased events. I have about 18 months until the SEAL screener and 3 years until BUD/S if I am selected. So to prepare for this I am considering maintaining the CFFB strength workouts year-round while alternating the conditioning workouts between those posted by CFFB and a more endurance/PT based program such as the SEALFIT SOF Candidate workouts. Do you think that this would be a good approach to preparing myself and if so how often should I alternate the conditioning programs (every week, every month…)?
I really enjoy the show; keep up the good work, and thanks for any advice you can give me.