Gut health and menopause connection

Connection Between Gut Health, Menopause, and Perimenopause

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones, Gut-Hormone Connection, Perimenopause/ Menopause Leave a Comment

Perimenopause and menopause mark a significant shift for your body, one most women have come to associate with frustrating inconveniences. Weight gain, hot flashes, digestive issues, low energy and depression are just a few of the things we’re told are inevitable as our menstrual cycles cease, and progesterone and estrogen levels plummet. Menopausal symptoms can leave many women feeling out …

inositol for fertility

Inositol Fertility Benefits

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones, PCOS, Preconception & Fertility Leave a Comment

Inositol is one of my favorite supplements for fertility. It’s a nutrient closely related to the B vitamins, and it’s especially helpful for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) because it helps regulate insulin levels. Nearly one in ten women of childbearing age has PCOS, and it’s one of the most common causes of fertility problems. PCOS is characterized by insulin resistance, …

What Are STIs and How to Prevent Them

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Sexual Health, STIs Leave a Comment

Let’s talk about sex—specially sexual health. So much about sexual health is kept quiet, but if you read my articles or follow me on Instagram, you know I’m all about open conversations about sex and intimacy—and that includes the not-so-fun topic of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). We need to be more open about safer sex because awareness and education are …

What Causes Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal Dryness and the Vaginal Flora

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Gut-Hormone Connection, Perimenopause/ Menopause, Sexual Health Leave a Comment

Vaginal dryness is a women’s health symptom that often goes overlooked. Women may feel uncomfortable discussing dryness with their partner or provider and suffer in silence. Or they may believe vaginal dryness to be a normal part of being a woman or getting older.  If you are experiencing vaginal dryness, you are not alone. It is widespread, affecting up to …

how to get pregnant with PCOS

Getting Pregnant With PCOS

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Fertility, PCOS Leave a Comment

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common reason for anovulatory infertility (when an egg isn’t released from the ovaries). But having PCOS doesn’t mean that you can’t get pregnant. PCOS could make it harder to conceive because lack of ovulation is at the core of this condition. Without any egg for sperm to fertilize, there can be no pregnancy, …

sulforaphane supplement benefits

Sulforaphane Benefits for Hormone Balance and Health

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones, Herbs & Supplements, What to Eat Leave a Comment

Every time I speak to patients about nutrition for hormone balance, I remind them how important it is to include a variety of nutrients in their diet for optimal health. So many factors contribute to hormone balance and overall health, and no one food or supplement will be a “magic bullet.” But one nutrient has so many health benefits for …

Best Probiotics for Women

The Best Probiotic for Women’s Health, and How to Choose

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Digestion, Gut-Hormone Connection Leave a Comment

Researchers are discovering more and more every year that links our overall health to our gut microbiome. A balanced and diverse gut is key to healthy digestion, immunity, and more. It’s even more important from the lens of women’s health, as your gut biome is linked to vaginal health, hormone balance, and so much more. One of the best ways …

Fertility Supplements for Women

Best Fertility Supplements for Women

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones, Fertility, Preconception & Fertility Leave a Comment

There’s no way around it—discussing fertility is delicate. For some, the journey is simple; for others, it’s a very sensitive topic because the journey hasn’t been as easy. So it’s frustrating when I see marketing for fertility supplements that target couples struggling to conceive that aren’t backed by science. Fertility is multi-dimensional. Some of it is absolutely in our control, …

Is Low-Carb Good for Women’s Hormones?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones, Food, What to Eat Leave a Comment

There’s a lot of debate surrounding low-carb diets and whether they are helpful or harmful. As low-carb diets have become increasingly popular, it’s an important question to ask.  Low-carb diets are often touted as a tool to kick start weight loss or balance blood sugar. It’s true that some people benefit from restricting carbs, but low-carb diets aren’t always the …