Diagnosing PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)

featuring Dr. Krystal Richardson, ND

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Season 3: Episode 19

Published January 23, 2024

Dive deeper into the complexities of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) in this episode. Dr. Krystal Richardson, ND, joins us to discuss the difficult and confusing journey providers must take in order to reach a PCOS diagnosis. She highlights the inadequacies in conventional medical approaches and offers a holistic perspective on the condition. You'll learn more about the importance of considering co-morbidities and personal experiences when evaluating PCOS symptoms, and you’ll hear her challenge the notion that the ovaries are the primary issue in PCOS and why you should instead focus on broader endocrine disruptions. 

This enlightening episode also offers a fresh perspective for patients who are struggling with PCOS, and how the school of thought is moving away from standard, ineffective weight-loss recommendations. Dr. Richardson explores the impact of diet, exercise, and supplements in PCOS treatment, stressing the importance of individualized care plans that prioritize long-term health and quality of life. From debunking myths about weight loss and dieting to discussing the accuracy of lab tests in detecting PCOS, this episode provides a comprehensive look at the challenges and innovative approaches to managing this complex condition. 


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About our speaker

Dr. Krystal Richardson is a licensed Naturopathic Physician and a primary care physician in Washington state. She is the owner of NFM Health Incorporated, which has two clinic locations in Seattle, WA. Dr. Richardson received her doctorate from Bastyr University and completed a residency in family medicine with a focus in pediatrics under her mentor Dr. Tamara Cullen Evans. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Plant Biology and graduated from Michigan State University with honors. 

Dr. Richardson enjoys working with patients of all ages, and she especially loves working with families. Dr. Richardson is passionate about understanding the root cause of illness and educating her patients to help them make the most informed, least invasive health decisions for themselves and their family. The relationships she cultivates with her patients are extremely important to her and essential to helping her understand each of her patients as individuals.  

Please Note: The contents of this podcast are for educational and informational purposes only. Precision Analytical will be interviewing functional medicine key opinion leaders, the best and brightest in the field. The information is not to be interpreted as, or mistaken for, clinical advice. Please consult a medical professional or healthcare provider for medical advice, diagnoses, or treatment.

Show Notes

Learn more about Dr. Richardson at www.nfmseattle.com 

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Check out our previous podcast episodes on PCOS: 

  • Season 2, Eps 5 & 6 
  • DUTCH Summer School, Ep 8 
  • Season 3, Eps 14 & 15

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