Ashley's Blog

PCOS Diet: What to eat and what not to eat

Sep 29, 2021 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Nutrition should be individualized to each unique case. This is particularly important for PCOS.
The first step is to determine which PCOS subtype you are. In general, there are 4 classifications of PCOS. This includes ...

How a Naturopathic Doctor can Support your Fertility Journey

Sep 15, 2021 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Wherever you are in your journey, whether you’re starting to think about future fertility, currently trying to conceive, or working with a fertility clinic, it can feel overwhelming. There is no shortage of information, advice, or “fertility hacks”. The wait times between your fertility doctor appointments can feel long, sometimes with questions left unanswered, such as:

Naturopathic Approach to Adult Acne

Jul 20, 2021 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Acne can be a difficult condition to treat and can be hard on your mental health. You may find yourself spending hundreds of dollars on different skin products, facials, or other treatments, with little success. I find using a multifaceted approach can give the most success.

COQ10 and Glutathione: Two fundamental nutrients for optimizing egg quality.

Jun 21, 2021 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Egg quality is the factor we want to consider in any stage of a fertility journey. Both egg quality and sperm quality are essential factors in fertilization, implantation, and a healthy baby. In this blog, I review two powerhouse nutrients, COQ10 and glutathione, and why they are fundamental to egg quality.

How to improve outcomes after an unsuccessful Clomid cycle

Jun 10, 2021 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Clomiphene citrate, or Clomid, is a common fertility medication. It is often used in ovulatory disorders such as PCOS. Clomid works by making the body think there are low levels of estrogen, resulting in more FSH released by the brain to stimulate the ovaries. 

The number one cause of treatment failure in PCOS

May 13, 2021 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Polycystic ovarian syndrome is one of the most common endocrine disorders and can be a risk factor for infertility and pregnancy loss. The diagnosis is based on the Rotterdam Criteria, requiring the patient to have 2/3 of the following: 
Irregular or absent cycles
Symptoms and/or blood levels indicating excess androgens
Polycystic ovaries, observed via ultrasound

Antihistamines and Cervical Mucus

Apr 05, 2021 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
The cherry blossoms are in full bloom, and for many people, this means allergy season is here. Runny nose, red itchy eyes, sneezing, brain fog, fatigue, allergies are no fun.

Endometrial microbiome and implantation

Feb 16, 2021 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Yes, that’s right your endometrium has its own microbiome! And it may have an influence on implantation. 

Tips to get your Digestion through the Holiday Season

Nov 22, 2020 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
The holiday season is just around the corner, and this usually means enjoying a few more of the inflammatory foods (hello eggnog!). If you’re planning on indulging in more of your food sensitivities, this can sometimes mean a more inflamed gut. 

Vitamin D & Fertility: Why everyone should get tested.

Oct 14, 2020 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
The days are getting shorter, and darker. It’s time to get your vitamin D levels checked!
Vitamin D is often referenced for its role in bone health, and immune health. However, Vitamin D also has a major role in reproductive health and fertility. It is often missed during a standard fertility workup. Given the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency here, in the pacific northwest, Vitamin D levels should be checked in everyone.