Do Hormones Affect Brain Health?

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

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about hormones? If you’re like most people, it’s probably your period or reproduction. But did you know that hormones have a significant impact on your brain? Sex hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are involved with brain development even before birth and play a role in memory, mood, and …

How to Address Hormonal Acne With Changes to Your Diet

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Acne, Sex Hormones Leave a Comment

Many women deal with hormonal acne caused by changes in the body’s hormonal balance. While common, I know it can be incredibly frustrating and impact your self-esteem and confidence. There are many treatments for acne, but I’ve found that a few diet changes can significantly improve symptoms. The food we eat directly impacts our hormones, including those that trigger acne. …

Bacterial Vaginosis Causes, Symptoms & 5 Natural Treatments

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Sexual Health Leave a Comment

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common vaginal infection that mainly affects women in their reproductive years, most commonly ages 15-44. In fact, it’s the most common vaginal condition women in this age group experience, though anyone can get it. It’s caused by the overgrowth of normal bacteria found in the vagina. While many women don’t have symptoms, others can experience …

Your Vagina: Everything You Need to Know

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Sexual Health Leave a Comment

If you have a vagina, chances are that it didn’t come with a user’s manual. Many people have received little (if any) education around this area of anatomy from parents and doctors, leaving them to wonder “am I normal?”  Because of culture, bias, and other influences, you may feel uncomfortable, uncertain, or even shameful about your vagina and vulva.  All …

Toxic Shock Syndrome: What You Need to Know

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Menstrual Cycle Leave a Comment

If you were taught never to leave your tampon in for too long, it’s because of toxic shock syndrome (TSS). Toxic shock is a bacterial infection that can be life-threatening. It’s linked to period products, although it can happen for other reasons too. Even though it’s rare, understanding why TSS happens is important, and I think more education is needed. …

What Is a Menstrual Cup and How to Use One

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Menstrual Cycle, Period Leave a Comment

At first glance, menstrual cups may seem daunting. While this period product still falls behind tampons and pads in popularity, many people are starting to see the benefits of switching to a menstrual cup.  Menstrual cups can be worn longer than either tampons or pads, and can be reused for up to 10 years, making them a convenient, cost effective, …

Immune System Hormone Guide: How Your Hormone Health Affects Your Immune System

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Your immune system is your body’s natural defense system, protecting your health against disease and infections. It’s a tough job, and with everything in the news, most of us are eager to boost our immunity however we can. A quick search will reveal hundreds of tips to eat right, exercise more, and sleep better to get your immune system working …

The Effects of Addison’s Disease on Your Period

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Autoimmune Disease, Menstrual Cycle, Period Leave a Comment

Addison’s disease is a rare autoimmune condition that causes damage to the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands play a critical role in hormones like cortisol and aldosterone necessary for everyday functions.  Addison’s is also called adrenal insufficiency or adrenal failure, but it’s important not to confuse this diagnosis with HPA axis dysregulation, or what some people call adrenal fatigue. HPA …