Saw Palmetto Benefits and Uses

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones Leave a Comment

Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) is an herb that is increasing in popularity for hormonal regulation, specifically for the benefits it may have for high testosterone.  Native to the US, this herb has been traditionally used by Indigenous people who first discovered its benefits centuries ago.  Saw palmetto has anti-androgenic properties, meaning it can help mitigate the negative effect of testosterone …

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Is It Bad To Take Melatonin Every Night?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Sleep Leave a Comment

Most people know melatonin as a supplement to help you sleep with bonus antioxidant benefits. It has a reputation for being safe and effective. But is it bad to take melatonin  every night?  In this article, we’ll look at naturally occurring melatonin, the safety of melatonin supplements, and alternative non-drug sleep enhancing options.  What Is Melatonin? Melatonin is a naturally …

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DIM Supplement Benefits For Women

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones, Period Problems, PMS & PMDD Leave a Comment

If you’ve been struggling with PMS symptoms, heavy periods, acne, breast tenderness or symptoms of PCOS or perimenopause then you’ve probably come across a DIM supplement as a solution.  That’s because DIM supports healthy estrogen levels in the body.  What Are DIM Supplements? DIM is short for diindolylmethane, a metabolite of indole-3-carbinol. DIM is a compound that can only be made …

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The Best Diet for PCOS

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: PCOS Leave a Comment

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that can benefit greatly from diet and lifestyle therapies. In this article we’ll discuss the best diet for PCOS, which should be part of a comprehensive treatment approach to this complex condition. Often, once diagnosed with PCOS the initial treatment options include hormonal birth control, Metformin, and perhaps Spironolactone. While all of these …

Ovarian Cyst Symptoms And Natural Treatments

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones, Endometriosis, Herbs & Supplements, PCOS Leave a Comment

If you’ve got ovaries that ovulate, it is highly likely that you develop an ovarian cyst at sometime in your fertile years. You may not even notice the ovarian cyst symptoms or it may be very painful depending on the type and size of the cyst. Each ovulatory cycle, an egg matures inside of a follicle. Then the follicle bursts …

L-Theanine Benefits: Better Sleep and Less Stress

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Stress Reduction Leave a Comment

L-theanine benefits include promotion of relaxation, stress reduction, restful sleep, and increased concentration. It is an amino acid that is found in both green and black tea. It is also found as a stand alone supplement and in combination formulas designed to promote sleep and relaxation. Many of my patients have benefited from adding L-theanine to their lifestyle routine to …

What is the Best Treatment for Lichen Sclerosus?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Autoimmune Disease Leave a Comment

Lichen sclerosus is a chronic skin disease that results in thin, white, wrinkled patches of skin, usually on the genitals. It can be excruciating and incredibly itchy to deal with. While doctors previously believed it was rather rare, in recent years, doctors have suggested it’s more common than initially thought. By some estimates, cases have doubled between 1991 and 2011.  …

Phases of the Menstrual Cycle

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Did you know there are several phases of the menstrual cycle and a whole lot more going on than just your period? That’s right. There is a symphony of hormones playing throughout your cycle, which can explain why we feel different throughout the month.  In medicine, there are three phases of the menstrual cycle: the follicular phase, the ovulatory phase, …

Reasons For A Missing Period

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There are many reasons for a missing period, and you shouldn’t ignore any of them. Left untreated, the hormone imbalances associated with missing periods can wreak havoc on your cardiovascular, neurological, and bone health.  In this article, I will explain common reasons that can cause your period to stop or never start in the first place, plus what you can …