Comprehensive Guide to PCOS Skincare: Expert Strategies for Radiant, Clear Skin

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: PCOS Leave a Comment

The skin PCOS symptoms of oily skin, hormonal acne, and hirsutism can be some of the most daunting aspects of living with PCOS. There are evidence based ways to effectively approach PCOS skincare to help resolve these symptoms, which is what I’ll be sharing with you in this article.  The same hormonal disorders that cause symptoms like irregular menstrual cycles, …

What is HPA Axis Dysfunction + 7 Steps to Heal HPA-D

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Adrenal Leave a Comment

If you haven’t heard the term “adrenal fatigue,”it is a common way people describe the symptoms that are a result of something called HPA axis dysfunction. While it can feel like an accurate way to describe how you’re feeling, “adrenal fatigue” isn’t a true medical diagnosis. Instead, what you’ll find in the research is the term HPA axis dysfunction, and …

Understanding Menopause Hair Loss: Causes, Symptoms, Solutions, and Preventive Measures

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Perimenopause/ Menopause Leave a Comment

During the menopause transition and following, hair follicles may shrink, causing the hair to become thinner and thinner until it eventually falls out. Hormone related changes that affect the follicle contribute to slower growing hair and make it easier for it to fall out. As if hot flashes weren’t bad enough, if you are in your mid-40s or 50s and …

Thyroid Medications: A Comprehensive Guide

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Thyroid, Thyroid & Hormone Balance Leave a Comment

Levothyroxine is the most common thyroid medication to treat hypothyroidism, but as you’ll learn in this article, there are several other thyroid medication options. As a board certified naturopathic endocrinologist, I have found that patients can respond differently to thyroid medication, which means what works for one person, may not work for another. Thyroid function is critical to overall health. …

Late Menopause: What Are the Risks and Benefits

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Perimenopause/ Menopause Leave a Comment

Menopause is defined by the absence of a period for 12 consecutive months. On average, most women enter menopause by age 51. In the case of late onset menopause, menstrual periods may not end until someone’s late fifties or early sixties. There are several benefits and risks to late onset menopause and the cause can be multifactorial—all of which we …

Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome: What is OHSS?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Fertility Leave a Comment

Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) is a rare but potentially life-threatening complication associated with assisted reproductive therapy (ART). It most often occurs in women who take hormone medications to stimulate egg development in their ovaries. OHSS (ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome) can cause the ovaries to swell and become painful. It’s diagnosed based on a range of symptoms, from mild to severe. While …

Bloated Before Period—Solutions to Manage PMS Bloating

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Menstrual Cycle, PMS & PMDD Leave a Comment

Period bloating is a common and often frustrating symptom of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). It’s that uncomfortable, swollen feeling that makes your jeans feel a bit too tight and leaves you longing for your comfiest pair of yoga pants. It may even make you feel like you’ve had weight gain come out of nowhere, even though you haven’t, and it can …

How to Lose Weight With PCOS

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: PCOS, Weight Loss Leave a Comment

Weight gain or difficulty losing weight is a common symptom of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Because PCOS has a complex metabolic and reproductive hormone imbalance associated with it, the question of how to lose weight with PCOS is more complicated than the standard “eat less and exercise more” many of us hear. Research suggests that losing 5 to 10 percent …

Best Hormone Balance Foods for Breakfast

The Best and Worst Breakfast Foods for Hormone Health

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

When it comes to breakfast, this what I share with my patients as a board certified naturopathic endocrinologist to help them optimize their hormonal balance every day. The first meal of the day is a substantial opportunity for you to support insulin sensitivity, reproductive hormones, and reduce stress levels on your body. Research shows a healthy breakfast sets the stage …