Reproductive and Developmental Elements in PCOS: Optimizing Oocyte Quality and Beyond - Part I

Fiona McCulloch, BSc., ND
Lecture Type: 
Breakout Session
Lecture Day: 
Day 3
Labatt Hall


Oocyte health is a crucial factor in managing fertility in women with PCOS, yet this is often overlooked in clinical settings. Folliculogenesis is compromised by the various elements of PCOS including androgen excess, inflammation, and insulin resistance. In this talk, practitioners will learn updated research about the causes of PCOS as well as practical strategies to improve ovarian function and oocyte quality with natural medicine and nutrition.


Learning Objectives

1) Attendees will learn how PCOS and its unique hormonal features impact oocyte development and quality

2) Attendees will learn natural treatments for ovarian health in PCOS including nutritional supplements, dietary adjustments and botanical medicine. 

3) Attendees will gain an updated understanding of the metabolic factors in PCOS  as well as natural treatments and lifestyle modifications that can reverse insulin resistance.

Fiona McCulloch, BSc., ND

Dr. Fiona McCulloch, the founder and owner of White Lotus Integrative Medicine in Toronto has worked with thousands of people seeking better health over the past 18 years of her practice. Fiona is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (2001) and the University of Guelph (Biological Science/Molecular Biology and Genetics). Fiona's book “8 Steps To Reverse Your PCOS” is a women’s health best seller and her blog has an avid readership of 10s of thousands per month. She supports the growth of evidence-based natural medicine and peer-reviews for Natural Standard, a popular database of evidence-based natural medicine. As a woman with PCOS herself, Fiona is passionate about health education and advocacy for women with the condition.

She serves on the medical advisory committee of the PCOS Awareness Association and is a featured speaker at many events within the PCOS and infertility communities. She is a medical advisor to and was the sole developer of the nutrition program for the Open Source Health MyAva precision medicine platform. The myAva PCOS project is the largest system 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.

Integrative Fertility Symposium

Healthy Seminars 6th Integrative Fertility Symposium will be held exclusively online. The IFSymposium is geared towards Chinese medicine and naturopathic physicians who have an interest in treating reproductive health issues using an integrative approach. IFS 2021 date TBA

Symposium Location

Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC