Q & A WITH Dr. luk
Dr. Janelle Luk has devoted her career to the field of reproductive endocrinology and specializes in creating individualized fertility treatments for her patients. Dr. Luk draws on her vast expertise in both traditional and alternative IVF treatments to cater to the unique needs of each individual woman. With a focus on women who are having trouble conceiving or experiencing reproductive endocrine disorders, Dr. Luk uses both traditional and alternative approaches for treatment.
Dr. Luk graduated Cum Laude at Yale University School of Medicine, completed her Residency at Harvard, and completed her fellowship specialty training in reproductive medicine and infertility at Yale University School of Medicine. She has also been published in numerous reviews and research articles in various topics and has presented her research both nationally and internationally. Her areas of expertise includes premature ovarian failure, diminished ovarian reserve, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, and infertility of unknown etiology.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
What is PCOS in respect to your area of expertise?
We know that a number of problems can arise from hormonal imbalances, and depending on how much time it’s taken to be treated, PCOS can also cause many physical changes and serious health problems to arise, including heart disease. PCOS can make it very difficult for women to become pregnant. Majority of women affected with PCOS will encounter a multitude of small cysts on their ovaries. As a woman’s hormones become affected by these cysts, irregular periods are common.
There are various reasons why women struggle with conceiving a child. PCOS is one of the main conditions I help my patients with. I’ve dedicated many years of my career to discovering how women can overcome the affects of PCOS and to have healthy children. I’ve contributed in published works including “The Superinfection of a Dermoid Cyst. Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology.” Volume 2007 (2007) Article ID 41473, 2 pages. Just recently was honored to have the opportunity as a speaker for the 1st Annual World Congress of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome in Washington.
What are the PCOS symptoms?
Excessive weight gain, Irregular periods including infrequent and prolonged heavy cycles, metabolic imbalances, increased acne, facial hair presence, and the presence of cysts on ovaries.
What are you currently doing for PCOS?
One of my loves in life is to teach my patients about their bodies. I’m constantly educating them about their cycles and how their bodies behave. I believe that education is one of the most important factors in empowerment, especially for women with PCOS. When it comes to our bodies, we should all know as much as we can about how to take the best care of our health. It is absolutely important for women at all ages to understand their own cycle. The menstrual cycle is one of the most vital signs of PCOS. I emphasize how important changes in diet are key in changing the outcome of how PCOS can affect women. I also encourage women to take control of their bodies by looking into preventative measures. At my practice, Neway, we offer dietary, exercise, and overall lifestyle consultations to all patients, especially those battling PCOS
What are 5 key facts about PCOS that you would like the public to know?
Five key facts:
- The absence of polycystic ovaries does not mean that PCOS isn’t a serious condition that women should check themselves for. There are side affects associated with the condition that are often misdiagnosed.
- Weight gain is a common PCOS symptom and it is important to have screenings for PCOS and being conscious of what we are putting in our bodies. When you have a healthy diet, and find yourself gaining weight, it is more likely that physicians are able to discover and prevent serious affects of the disease.
- Our culture has evolved for more people to have schedules that are constantly busy. Feeling fatigued isn’t always because you haven’t had enough coffee or sleep if the feeling of energy loss is coming from a misdiagnosed PCOS condition.
- It is extremely important for teenage women to be aware of their bodies as much as a woman in her 40’s. Understanding the “Why’s and How’s” of your body during your cycle can help early detection and prevention from PCOS being as prevalent among women.
- PCOS has shown to be a genetic condition, and it is important for women to share their experiences with other women in their family when appropriate. A young woman knowing PCOS runs in her family is more likely to overcome the health issues associated with PCOS, because she’ll be able to take precautions before symptoms even arise.
What do you want to get out of helping women with PCOS?
I want to help women improve their understanding of their bodies, their menstrual cycles and understand what their bodies are trying to tell them through their reproductive system. When women are aware of themselves, they are automatically in a better position to help themselves alleviate some of the anxiety they may have about their disease and the uncertainty and helplessness surrounding their bodies. As previously mentioned, I truly believe that the more that we know, the more that we’ll be able to empower each other, and hopefully overcome PCOS entirely.
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What interests you about serving on the PCOSAA Advisory Committee?
I share a sentiment that a one of my favorite contemporary influencers in our world. Where we are in the world of medicine and in any other industry is a result of a wisdom shared with someone from a previous generation. Women of today are leading in ways and in numbers that haven’t been seen before, and I would like to be apart of an organization that stands on the side of progression for women’s health. I think that my experience and knowledge can help the trajectory of a healthier human population. I’m excited to see the beginning of what could be a long lasting relationship with the PCOSAA.
What can PCOSAA do, as an organization, to bring more awareness and to get more doctors to test women for PCOS?
PCOSAA is a fantastic organization that I’m honored to have had the opportunity to contribute to. I think that growing the number seminars for doctors to educate women. PCOSAA can look into having a presence in high schools and health initiatives that aim to educate young women. Developing advocacy and networks of patients who help assist in the awareness of PCOSAA’s mission will also increase the reach of the organization. Partnering with patients and using that as a driving force to educate others and to help others will make the PCOS. A community where those afflicted with PCOS feel less lonely in their battle has many potentials in creating more partnerships with organizations like the ASRM.