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A podcast by America’s holistic gynecologist for women 20-80 who are concerned about periods, hormones, perimenopause, menopause, weight gain, fatigue, insomnia, endometriosis, PCOS, and all the other medical issues women aren't listened to about. Dr. Tassone has listened to over 40,000 women and brings to you their stories and success to help you live your life better.
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Contact Address: 51 East 25th Street, Ste 441 New York, NY 10010 Phone: 212-389-1892 Website URL: http://www.obgynecologistnyc.com/ About US Dr. Zelmanovich completed her undergraduate education at Binghamton University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychobiology. Dr.Zelmanovich then went on to earn her medical doctorate from Sackler School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center with distinction . ...
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In this episode, Dr. Shawn Tassone discusses the topic of decreased libido in women. He explores the different factors that can contribute to low sex drive, including hormone imbalances, stress, and relationship dynamics. Dr. Tassone also addresses the controversial pink pill, Addyi, which is marketed as a solution for low libido in women. He share…
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In this episode, Dr. Shawn Tassone discusses the use of low dose naltrexone (LDN) as a treatment for various conditions, particularly autoimmune diseases. LDN has been shown to reduce symptom severity in conditions like fibromyalgia, Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis, and chronic pain syndrome. It acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and has neurop…
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Today’s episode focuses on the topic of testosterone deficiency in women, which is the number one hormone imbalance across all age groups. Dr. Tassone discusses the impact of birth control pills on testosterone levels and explains the difference between total testosterone and free testosterone. He also discusses commonly overlooked symptoms of low …
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In this episode, Dr. Shawn Tassone discusses perimenopause and the symptoms associated with it. He highlights the issue of marketing and selling products related to perimenopause by celebrities and predatory companies. Dr. Tassone explains that perimenopause is not a disease but a time period around menopause, and it is characterized by a range of …
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Dr. Shawn Tassone discusses the patient's bill of rights and what patients should expect from their healthcare providers. He covers topics such as confidentiality, informed consent, access to medical records, pain treatment, and the right to refuse medical treatments. Dr. Tassone emphasizes the importance of patient advocacy and empowerment in heal…
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How are we at a point where women are terrified of a hormone they've had in their bodies most of their lives? Many of us have heard horrible things about estrogen and its connection to breast cancer. A lot of this public aversion stems from a study that came out in the early 2000s called the Women's Health Initiative (WHI). The WHI was a landmark s…
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In this episode Dr. Shawn Tassone discusses the use of metformin, berberine, and dihydroberberine for weight loss in women, particularly those in perimenopause and menopause. He explains that while GLP-1 medications like Ozempic and Monjaro are effective for weight loss, some women may prefer to try metformin, berberine, or dihydroberberine due to …
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In this episode, Dr. Shawn Tassone discusses the recent recommendations from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) regarding mammography guidelines. The USPSTF recommends biennial screening mammography for women aged 40 to 74, with a B recommendation. Dr. Tassone explains the incidence and mortality rates of breast cancer, parti…
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In this episode, Dr. Shawn Tassone discusses the misleading claims and false information surrounding hormone creams, specifically wild yam cream. He highlights the lack of regulation in the cosmetic industry and the dangers of using products that are not FDA-approved. Dr. Tassone also emphasizes the importance of reading labels and avoiding product…
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In this episode, Dr. Shawn Tassone discusses the difference between synthetic and bioidentical hormones. He explains that bioidentical hormones are structurally similar to the body's hormones, while synthetic hormones are structurally different. He also delves into the history of hormone replacement therapy, including the use of pregnant mare's uri…
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In this episode, Dr. Shawn Tassone discusses a recent study published in the Journal of the North American Menopause Society that challenges the previous negative views on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for women over the age of 65. The study found that HRT, specifically estrogen therapy, beyond the age of 65 is associated with significant risk …
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Confession: "Hormone injections and hormone pellets are horrible. Anybody putting them in, in my opinion, is committing malpractice." - Shawn Tassone, MD, PhD In this episode Dr. T discusses the dangers and drawbacks of hormone pellets and injections, particularly testosterone, and why he believes that using these methods is committing malpractice.…
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“Women are getting off birth control amid misinformation explosion.” - a very problematic article in the Washington Post last week. Written by two people with no medical background, the article is highly politicized, filled with anecdotal evidence, and dismissive of women’s lived experiences with birth control. Once I saw it, I had to address it he…
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“If you’re already a board-certified OBGYN, why would you pay to become NAMS certified?” Many physicians turn to the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) for guidance on menopause-related issues. Every few years, they release a position statement outlining their stance on relevant treatment options, and lately, I’ve been getting a lot of questio…
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Finding the right doctor can be daunting, especially if you've been dismissed or mistreated in the past. One of the questions I get asked weekly on my Saturday Instagram Q&A is how we can work together and what that process looks like. For today’s episode, I wanted to share the entire process with you, from setting an appointment to blood testing, …
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If you see a celebrity partnering with a celebrity physician for a product, I'm here to tell you it won't help. It's a money grab. Menopause is getting a makeover, and menopausal women are spending a lot of money. It’s a multi-billion dollar industry, and celebrities in their mid to late 40s and 50s are leveraging their menopause experiences into c…
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Did you know there are only four bioidentical hormones? The amount of misinformation and confusion surrounding hormone replacement options - especially estradiol and micronized progesterone - is staggering. Many doctors act like synthetic hormones, and bioidenticals are the same thing when in reality, it’s like comparing apples to cars. Today, I’m …
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Semaglutide is a fantastic medication when used the right way. Anybody with a passing interest in weight loss has probably heard about semaglutide. Whether it’s Ozempic, Wegovy, or Rybelsus, these antidiabetic medications have skyrocketed in popularity for the incredible weight loss results they can bring. There have even been shortages for the pas…
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How are we at a point where women are terrified of a hormone they've had in their bodies most of their lives? Many of us have heard horrible things about estrogen and its connection to breast cancer. A lot of this public aversion stems from a study that came out in the early 2000s called the Women's Health Initiative (WHI). The WHI was a landmark s…
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Confession: You are being lied to about hormone testing, and, in many cases, you’re either not being tested enough or being tested way too much. There are many “hormone experts” out there, and the information they share is often wildly contradictory. From providers who say hormone imbalance doesn’t exist to those who only want to see results from a…
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“I think it's scammy. I think it's dangerous. And I'm saddened that many women are being lied to about these products.” Have you seen those ads on social media for menopause or perimenopause supplements and creams that claim that they will fix all your woes? None of these products have a shred of proof behind their dramatic claims, and many of them…
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Welcome back to the final installment of my special series of interviews with my kids. So far, you’ve heard from my firstborn, Hannah, my eldest son, Hunter, and my youngest, Anthony. Today, I’m chatting with my thirdborn, Angelo. Angelo and I share very similar birthdays - only four days apart - and he’s the one who’s most like me emotionally. He …
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Welcome back to part three of my special series of interviews with my kids. So far, you’ve heard from my firstborn, Hannah, and my eldest son, Hunter, and today we’re jumping to my youngest, Anthony. Anthony was born via C-section on November 22 in Tucson, Arizona. Named after his great-great-grandfather, Antonio, his name is in many middle names a…
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I can't bring myself emotionally, spiritually, psychologically, or physically to use hormone pellets with my patients. Hormone pellets are tiny pellets containing hormones and medications inserted under your skin and replaced every three to six months. In my clinic, many unhappy patients come to me with complications from pellets. Outside of my cli…
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We’re back for part two of this special series of interviews with my kids. Last week, you heard from my oldest- and only daughter - Hannah, and today, I’m talking to my oldest son, Hunter. Hunter is 28, and the only one of my children who decided to go into medicine, and he’s currently in medical school. Hunter was born in Oklahoma City during the …
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This month, I’m doing something different. I have four special guests, my kids, and I’ll share their interviews with you each week. To start things off, today’s guest is my firstborn child, Hannah, who will be turning 30 this month! Hannah was born in Papillion, Nebraska, on December 10, 1993, in my third year of medical school. Later, we moved to …
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“Hormone balance is the catchphrase for younger women.” - James Frame When you're looking at perimenopause and post-menopause, the goal is to stop the hormone fluctuations or to replace hormones that have been lost. For younger women, the focus is reinvigorating the biofeedback mechanism to balance and regulate their hormone production. Unfortunate…
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“A majority of people are overfed but undernourished - eating a lot of calories but not consuming essential nutrients.” - Lacey Dunn When it comes to hormones, diet, and lifestyle are huge contributing factors that are often downplayed in conventional medicine. The chronic stress and inadequate nutrition many of us experience create signals in our …
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Infertility is defined as 12 months of trying regularly without conception occurring. Although it’s not common, it happens to many couples, and it can be completely devastating when it does. With no known causes of infertility, the conception rate is about 85%, which means about 15% of couples fall within that definition. Over my career, I’ve sat w…
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Traditional plastic surgery training taught Dr. Anthony Youn that the bigger the operation, the better. This idea was reinforced throughout medical school and residency and stayed with Tony as he built his practice. As he grew, he built up a long waiting list of patients across the country and felt like he had hit the pinnacle of success. Now known…
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“Your normal is different than everybody else’s.” There’s so much misinformation out there about hormones. The misunderstanding of the Women’s Health Initiative findings did massive damage to women’s health. It basically ruined an entire generation of physicians who now buy into the false narrative on the dangers of hormone replacement. Today I’m d…
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The first step to good breast health is having an intimate relationship with your breasts. Since the person themself catches most breast abnormalities, you are in a powerful position to protect them. In my practice, I see a lot of women with breast pain for various reasons, from hormone replacement to premenstrual syndrome. It can range from mild d…
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There's so much information out there about perimenopause and menopause that it can get difficult to distill down into actionable advice. Not to mention the difficulty distinguishing between what's fact and fiction. Today, I’m joined by James Frame and Dr. Deanna Minich from Symphony Natural Health. They use a maca product that I'm a big fan of, an…
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One in eight women will get a breast cancer diagnosis in their lifetime, and most don’t have a family history. Despite the billions of dollars pumped into research, the rates continue to increase. I know it sounds scary, but I want women to understand that a diagnosis is not a death sentence. There are things you can do and conventional and alterna…
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Menopause is not something to suffer from; it’s a natural state. By definition, a menopause diagnosis requires you to go 12 months without a period. However, that doesn’t mean you have to wait 12 months before you can seek out solutions for your symptoms. If you’re having symptoms like hot flashes, mood swings, irritability, and not having your per…
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We have a lot of responsibility as healthcare providers showing up in the media space. People look to us for information and expect that they can trust what we say. Unfortunately, many people in the health space position themselves as experts without having the relevant qualifications or experience, and the misinformation they share can be very dam…
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“Building muscle is key. It's the organ of longevity; we need it.” - Jenn Reed As a midlife woman going through menopause, Jenn Reed faced the same challenges many women have to navigate and lost her sense of self. In trying to figure out what she wanted to do with the next phase of her life, she found her passion for fitness and started sharing he…
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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a relatively common condition that affects many women of reproductive age. Despite that, we still lack clear diagnostic criteria, resulting in many women receiving an incorrect diagnosis of PCOS or having PCOS and remaining undiagnosed. September is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Awareness Month, and in honor of that,…
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“The most expensive supplement is the one that doesn't work.” Whenever I go on Instagram, I’m inundated with ads from supplement companies. They all make crazy claims about what they can fix, and I’m skeptical. The regulation of the supplement industry is complex, and consumers are faced with labels filled with acronyms and terms that are more conf…
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Culture, politics, medical practices, and scientific understandings of the female body all influence our knowledge of women's health. In today’s episode, I’m doing something different and talking about how the medical field is failing women in the United States. The reality of women’s health in this country leaves much to be desired, from exclusion…
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According to attachment theory, there are four different attachment styles: secure, anxious, fearful-avoidant, and dismissive-avoidant. These are shaped by a child’s early interactions with their primary caregiver and, as adults, they tend to show up most clearly in romantic relationships. Today, I’m joined by relationship coach and writer Silvy Kh…
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“If we believe we will we, will we. If we believe we won't, we won't.” When my mom died 20 years ago, I went on a spiritual journey, leading to massive growth over several years. Eventually, that growth slowed, and I feel like I’ve stagnated over the last seven years. I knew I needed something but couldn’t figure out what it was. After trying maste…
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“A supplement is not a substitute for a good foundation; it's an add-on.” - Udo Erasmus In the early 90s, I found a book that changed my life and career. It was Udo Erasmus’ Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill, and it was a groundbreaking read that blew my mind. Udo’s perspective on oils and fats went against all the mainstream recommendations for low-f…
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Welcome to Dr. Tassone’s tips and tricks for the news cycle of the day! Today, I’m doing things differently and talking about the women’s health topics that are doing the rounds on the news and social media. I’ll be sharing what you need to know about these topics, separating the truth from the fiction, and empowering you to be the best advocate fo…
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The thing with research is that new studies tend to get passed around on social media, sensationalized, and spread like wildfire. In many cases, it’s probably not something you need to be overly worried about. Today, I’m breaking down a new study that came out earlier this year, reported in the New York Times. It was about menopausal hormone therap…
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Fibroids are a topic I’m constantly asked about in my office, on Instagram, and whenever I do my Saturday Q&As. They are nasty little tumors that grow on and in the uterus, and around 80% of women will have developed fibroids by the time they reach 60 years old. While they’re super common, most women don’t have symptoms and can leave them without t…
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“A lot of times what the body needs is gentleness.” - Dr. Doni Wilson In a world where we’re told to do more and push through the pain, it’s a hard lesson to learn that sometimes less is more when it comes to our health. Whether that means listening to your body and doing a 15-minute low-impact workout or scaling back in your work, it’s not all or …
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Which supplements do you recommend? Do they really work? How do you identify which brands are good quality? With so many supplement options available, it can be hard to sift through the noise and find the ones that make sense for you. Plus, just because something is natural doesn’t automatically mean it’s safe. For over ten years, I’ve worked to ho…
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“PCOS is something we have to continuously work on managing, so whatever we choose in terms of diet has to be sustainable.” - Cory Ruth Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common conditions I encounter in my practice, yet it’s surrounded by misinformation. Without a cure, a lot of the information online focuses on restrictive approa…
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Birth control pills have been around for decades, and most of that time, they were viewed as a net positive. Nowadays, you can’t say “birth control pills” without being bombarded with their evils. The truth is, they’re not evil. If you need the pill for birth control, they're empowering and allow you to be in control of your reproductive health. Bu…
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