ADHD and Hormones

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones Leave a Comment

ADHD in adult women has increased dramatically over the last couple of years. Sometimes the diagnosis is missed when a woman is young, and she’s diagnosed later in life. Other times ADHD is misdiagnosed as anxiety, depression, PMS. Or symptoms are simply overlooked because ADHD presents differently in women compared with men.  In addition, symptoms of ADHD in women might …

Can Thongs Cause Infections?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Sexual Health Leave a Comment

Love them or hate them, thongs are famous for keeping us comfy, making some of us feel sexy, and pantyline-free. But do thong underwear really cause infections? Thongs certainly get a bad rap on the topic of vaginal health. While some people have no problems wearing thongs regularly, others might find problems with infections, odors, or itchiness. So which is …

Intermittent Fasting For Women 

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Food, PCOS, What to Eat Leave a Comment

Intermittent fasting (IF) for women is complicated. There is a lot of positive research behind intermittent fasting, so it’s hard not to feel tempted to jump right in after hearing so many fasting success stories. But is it safe and effective for everyone? My goal with this article is to present the facts behind intermittent fasting— the good and the …

Is a Low Carb Diet Good for PCOS?

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If you’ve been following me (and if you are new, welcome), you know I embrace a root-cause approach to women’s wellness versus a band aid that may help short-term but doesn’t go deep enough to make a long-term difference.  So when I get so many questions about low carb diets and PCOS, I know it’s time to address it, especially …

Ovulation Signs: How Do I Know If I’m Ovulating?

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Ovulation, or when an egg is released from your ovary, is the midpoint of your menstrual cycle. Without ovulation, you can’t get pregnant. But aside from the importance of ovulation for fertility, it’s also important for your overall reproductive health. Learning about your body and tracking ovulation signs can give clues about your fertility, menstrual cycle, and hormones. Many people …

What to Eat to Get Pregnant

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There’s a lot of focus on what to eat when you are pregnant, but what about before?   Supporting your body with nourishing nutrients before pregnancy can reduce complications for mom, help with the growth and development of your baby, reduce the chance of preterm birth, and more. Not only does your diet set the stage for a healthy pregnancy, it …

Birth Control While Breastfeeding: What You Need To Know

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Choosing the right birth control is hard enough. But what about after having a baby and using birth control while breastfeeding? Your post-birth body, your breastmilk, and your baby all need to be considered. It’s not always as easy as just re-starting whatever worked for you previously. This guide will take you through birth control options that may be suitable …

gratitude for hormone health

What Are the Benefits of Gratitude for Your Hormones and Health?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones, Brain Health Leave a Comment

Did you know that there is immense power in gratitude and being kind to ourselves? Yep, it’s true! There are numerous health benefits that come from being thankful and treating ourselves with compassion and respect. Mindset is everything. It’s the secret sauce that helps people heal. I know many of you will be rolling your eyes at this point; skeptics …

The Benefits of Licorice Root for Women

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Adrenal Leave a Comment

Native to Asia, the Middle East, and Southern Europe, the licorice plant has a long history as both a medicine and a flavor. Licorice was a favored sweet drink in ancient Egypt, and used medicinally across Chinese and Middle Eastern cultures to treat inflammation, soothe upset stomachs, and more.  Modern studies are finding more evidence for the many traditional uses …