Healing Rosie

How to Improve Flabby, Foggy and Fatigued with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

In 2013, I gained 45 pounds in three months … out of the blue.  It was scary and overwhelming, and I had a really challenging time finding a doctor to help me understand what happened to my body.

When I was finally diagnosed with Premature Ovarian Failure and put on Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), I began releasing the 45 lbs that I mysteriously gained.

As my journey unfolded, I struggled with falling asleep and staying asleep at various times, and optimizing my hormones moved the needle and helped me to sleep.

As I’ve been on-the-hunt to figure out why I’ve struggled with brain fog and weight-loss-resistance, my quality of life has dramatically improved because of BHRT.

And when one of my root cause practitioners (*cough*male*cough) suggested I get off hormone support while I was working with him, I KNEW that it would be a disaster …

Because without hormones, I’m not sleeping, my brain doesn’t work, and my body gets super inflamed.  (When I told him that being off hormones would threaten my ability to function well, he agreed and chose to support me, thankfully!).

None of us has to settle for a life adversely affected by unbalanced hormones. 

There isn’t enough education out there on the power of fixing female hormones… I want you to feel empowered to navigate this part of your healing journey!

Y’all have lots of questions about hormones, too!  

So I’m so excited to interview my dear friend, Dr Shawn Tassone, author of Hormones Balance Bible! He is one of the top functional-medicine-trained OBGYNs in natural health, and he practices right here in Austin, Texas. 

I think there's this expectation that if you go to a functional medicine doctor, they're going to be able to help you with your hormones. And that actually is not true...they don't necessarily have the education to really help you with your hormones.
Misty Williams

ABOUT Dr. Shawn Tassone

Shawn Tassone, MD, PhD, is committed to caring for patients in Austin, Texas, and surrounding neighborhoods of McNeil, Wells Branch, North Burnet, and Pflugerville.
Dr. Tassone is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and by the American Board of Integrative Medicine. He holds a medical degree, in addition to a PhD in mind-body medicine. Dr. Tassone is a highly regarded patient advocate.
His work includes studies and publications on spirituality in medical care, whole foods to heal the human body, and integrative medicine. Dr. Tassone works as an instructor for medical residents and students at the University of Arizona and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He even teaches integrative medicine at Arizona State University.
As an integrative health practitioner, Dr. Tassone believes that you should have an active role in your care. He’ll not only treat a certain symptom, but also your body as a whole. This method can help with prevention of chronic illnesses, as well as maintenance, so your body can heal itself. Tassone Gynecology is currently accepting new patients and accepts most major insurance plans.

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  • [02:28]
    Common misconceptions about looking for a doctor to help optimize hormones
  • [04:00]
    Why are women more sensitive to toxic environments and how this depletes their hormones
  • [05:28]
    Why a conventional OBGYN may tell you “your labs are normal” … when they’re really not
  • [06:52]
    Why most OBs put women on birth control when they come in with a lot of period symptoms
  • [07:47]
    What to prepare before seeing an OB-GYN
  • [10:36]
    Advantages of sharing your health goals with your doctor at the beginning of your visit
  • [14:14]
    How long should you really be on Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • [15:34]
    What is the difference between bioidentical hormones and conventional synthetic hormones
  • [17:53]
    Why you may experience extreme side effects when on hormone support like birth control
  • [18:20]
    The study that made doctors scare women away from hormone support
  • [19:42]
    How do you discern the right doctor/practitioner to work with when it comes to optimizing/balancing your hormones
  • [22:31]
    When should you ask for a second opinion from other doctors
  • [25:24]
    Best practices around prescribing hormones that every patient should know
  • [26:36]
    Why testing is essential before and after a treatment protocol
  • [27:28]
    Why you should aim for “optimal” not “normal” hormone levels
  • [29:07 ]
    Two things that you need to look at when choosing how to take hormones
  • [30:08]
    What to do when you’re experiencing extreme symptoms like breast tenderness, bleeding/spotting, aggression/irritability while on BHRT
  • [32:00]
    How perimenopausal and menopausal women can optimize their hormones
  • [33:03]
    Great strategy to try if you don’t want to go all-in but still get the hormone support you need
  • [35:39]
    Why you don’t have to wait for nutrition and other protocols to work before trying Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy



About Misty Williams
& Healing Rosie

Misty Williams spent years struggling to reclaim her health and vitality after surgery to remove an ovarian cyst, life-threatening complications and an endometriosis diagnosis sent her into a brain fog and fatigue tailspin.
Her doctor told her that the only remedies for her issues were drugs and surgeries, that her labs were “normal” and she could “google” to learn more about what was happening to her body.
At 35 years old, Misty embarked on the fight for her quality of life, enduring many more challenges on her road to healing, including an unexplained 45-lb weight gain, debilitating brain fog, fatigue, hypothyroidism, and premature ovarian failure.

She founded HealingRosie.com to provide high-performing women with the resources an community to successfully confront the unexpected chronic health issues that women often experienced as they age.

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