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Why Does Sex Hurt? 14 Causes of Pain with Sex

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Sexual Health Leave a Comment

In a perfect world, all sex would be consensual and enjoyable, all parties involved would be in the mood at the same time, and everyone would have a great experience. As a naturopathic physician working in women’s health, I am no stranger to the question, “why does sex hurt?” And neither are a large percentage of women. Research indicates, for …

The Benefits of Vitamin D

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Wellbeing Leave a Comment

It’s been estimated that 41% of U.S. residents have a vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D benefits are huge in women’s health, which is why this article is going to get you in the know on how to improve your levels. We’re often told to soak up some sun to get vitamin D—but what does vitamin D actually do? And what …

Period Blood Color — What does it mean and what’s normal?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Menstrual Cycle Leave a Comment

Have you ever started your period and noticed the blood was brown, black, red, or even purple? Or, maybe you’re like most women, and you’ve never paid attention to the color of your menstrual blood — until you saw something out of the ordinary and panicked. The variations in period blood colors are usually not pathological from a medical perspective. …

How to Reduce the Side Effects of Hormonal Birth Control

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Birth Control Leave a Comment

“I’ve been considering starting hormonal birth control, but I’m concerned about the side effects,” Natasha shared in her first visit. Like many women considering hormonal birth control, she wasn’t ready to start a family and she felt apprehensive that other methods would work for her. “It’s true that just like your natural hormones, synthetic hormones can affect every system in …

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What are the health benefits of Maca powder?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Sex Hormones Leave a Comment

Maca is an herb that has long been used in women’s health to increase energy, boost libido, and eliminate uncomfortable symptoms like hot flashes. Adaptogens are gaining steam in the health and wellness realm, as more and more people are learning how these herbs (many of which have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years) can bring balance …

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The Contraception Guide

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Birth Control Leave a Comment

Information about contraception can make your head spin. There are so many kinds of birth control available today (yay!), and what works for one woman may not work for another. In my work with patients I’ve always advocated for an individualized review of risks and benefits so that each woman can choose the best form of birth control for her …

Bacterial Vaginosis Symptoms & 5 Natural Treatments

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Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common vaginal infection that affects women in their reproductive years. It is caused by the overgrowth of normal bacteria found in the vagina. While many women don’t have symptoms, others can experience unpleasant symptoms as well, such as unusual discharge, itching and a fishy odor.  In this article, I’ll break down exactly what BV is, …

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What Is Adenomyosis & How Is it Treated

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Menstrual Cycle Leave a Comment

Struggling with abnormally painful periods, heavy flow, bleeding at irregular times or feeling like your lower abdomen is growing despite the same diet and exercise habits may be a sign that there are more than the run of the mill period problems happening. In some cases these wickedly painful periods can be due to elevated prostaglandins, endometriosis, estrogen dominance and …