Webinar Replay

The Role of Adrenal Hormones in PCOS

Presented by Kelly Ruef, ND

PCOS is one of the most common endocrine disorders in women of reproductive age and likely affects the lives of many of your patients. In this DUTCH Webinar featuring DUTCH clinical educator Dr. Kelly Ruef, ND, you’ll investigate the etiology of adrenal PCOS and learn how to spot high adrenal androgens. Dr. Ruef will guide you through the four phenotypes of PCOS and highlight potential adrenal involvement that might be overlooked in this syndrome. You’ll also learn how the DUTCH Test can be superior to serum testing for evaluating high adrenal androgens.  

Get ready to change how you think about PCOS—this webinar will be packed with insights you can apply directly to your practice the moment it’s over. 

About the Speaker

Dr. Ruef is a licensed naturopathic doctor who completed her medical education at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, Oregon. She completed a private residency at Pearl Natural Health in downtown Portland, where she specialized in inflammatory bowel diseases and women’s health.  

Currently, she is a clinical educator for Precision Analytical, makers of the DUTCH Test where she spends most of her time educating on how urine testing can improve the field of women’s and men’s health. With her background in biochemistry and cell biology, Dr. Ruef loves learning about the hormones and biochemical pathways in the human body, and she makes a point to share what she has learned through videos, blogs, social media posts, and podcasts with the hope that her education will help us all find happiness in health.  


Key Moments 

  • 00:00 – Introduction 
  • 02:45 – Presentation Begins 
  • 03:42 – What is PCOS? 
  • 05:05 – Diagnosing PCOS 
  • 10:17 – Let's talk about androgens 
  • 12:40 – Measuring androgens and metabolites on the DUTCH Test 
  • 22:00 – More about adrenal androgens 
  • 28:29 – Genetic factors related to adrenal PCOS 
  • 32:37 – The role of stress in adrenal production 
  • 36:58 – Four DUTCH Test examples 
  • 43:52 – Potential treatment considerations 
  • 1:00:32 – Key takeaways 
  • 1:01:38 – Q&A 


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