Every Saturday for the past year, I’ve been doing “ask me a question” on my Instagram (@ShawnTassoneMD). Over time, I’ve noticed specific questions and themes that come up over and over. Now, I’m bringing them to the podcast!
Starting with today’s episode, I’m going to create some Q&A episodes where I hit some of the more popular questions and go a little deeper than I can on Instagram.
I love responding to your questions, so if you want an opportunity to have your question answered here, head to Instagram at @ShawnTassoneMD on Saturday and ask away! I can’t give medical advice specific to you, but I can tell you what I might do for my patients.
Today we’re exploring questions like “Do I have to take birth control pills to manage my PCOS?” “Are bioidentical hormones safe?” and “Should I try weight loss drugs like Wegovy, Mounjaro, and Ozempic?”
Enjoy the episode!
Q1: I have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS); why does every doctor want to put me on birth control?
-What is PCOS, and what are the most common symptoms?
-PCOS affects 20% to 30% of women in the U.S.
-Why a multi-pronged approach is needed
-My treatment approach when working with women with PCOS
Q2: Are bioidentical hormones safe?
–Confessions of a Male Gynecologist | Episode 12: Does Estrogen Cause Breast Cancer?
-No medication is 100% safe
-Potential side effects associated with hormone replacement
-Protective effects of bioidentical hormones
-Like anything else, some people could have side effects.
Q3: What do you think of the weight-loss drugs: incretins, GLP-1s, Wegovy, Mounjaro, and Ozempic?
-I like them because they work on multiple levels
-How incretin-based drugs work
-Potential side-effects of these drugs
-Why it’s crucial to source these medications from the right places
-These drugs act as a vehicle, not a destination
Q4: What are your favorite supplements?
–Confessions of a Male Gynecologist | Episode 8: 10 Must-Have Supplements for Women
-The Big 3 for all women: maca, fish oil, magnesium glycinate
Q5: What are the different types of hysterectomies?
-Total versus partial hysterectomy
-How laparoscopic hysterectomies are performed
-What you need to know about pelvic floor prolapse
-Other types of hysterectomies: vaginal, total abdominal
-Why I prefer minimally invasive surgeries
Q6: Can you update me on Essure?
-Why many women chose Essure
-The three categories of women who had Essure implanted
-Essure’s removal from the market
-Finding the right person to remove your Essure
–Confessions of a Male Gynecologist | Episode 4: Working It With The Betty Rocker: Essure, Exercise, and Energy
Q7: What are my options for fibroids?
-Fibroids are muscular knots that happen in the muscle of the uterus
-Different types of fibroids
-Surgical and non-surgical treatment options
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