The Endo Matrix: Navigating the Complexities of Endometriosis with Dr. Alexis Gonzales
In this episode of Functional Fertility, Dr. Kalea Wattles and Dr. Alexis Gonzales delve into the complexities of endometriosis using the Functional Medicine Matrix. Dr. Gonzales shares her journey into specializing in endometriosis care, driven by her personal experience. Dr. Gonzales explains how various perpetuating factors, like gut health, insulin resistance, autoimmunity and chronic inflammation, can contribute to endometriosis symptoms. Further, she emphasizes the importance of a collaborative care approach, identifying key practitioners in an endometriosis care team. The episode covers the timing of excision surgery in relation to fertility preservation methods like egg freezing, practical advice for patients suspecting endometriosis, and the top modifiable lifestyle factors from a functional medicine perspective. Strategies to manage chronic inflammation and endo pain are also discussed, along with the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of coping with this painful chronic condition, underscoring the need for holistic self-care.