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Spironolactone For Acne

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Wellbeing Leave a Comment

Considering Spironolactone for Acne? Spironolactone (Aldactone) is one of the most common treatments for hormonal acne, as well as alopecia (hair loss), oily skin, and hirsutism. It is effective at lowering testosterone levels by inhibiting synthesis of this hormone, increasing sex hormone binding globulin and blocking androgen receptors. It may also reduce an enzyme known as 5-alpha reductase, which is …

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16 Science Backed Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin

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

The health benefits of turmeric are extensive. Turmeric and its active compound, curcumin, have many science-backed health benefits, such as reduction of PMS symptoms, possible suppression of endometriosis tissue growth, potential prevention of Alzheimer’s (women are at the highest risk for this), and has shown benefits for those suffering from mood symptoms like depression. Turmeric is a root that is …

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12 Ways to Reduce Anxiety Before your Period

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Menstrual Cycle Leave a Comment

Having anxiety before periods show up? It might surprise you to learn that this is a common time for anxiety to peak for women due to changes in their hormones.  Anxiety — it’s the body’s normal response to stressful events. Getting a little bit nervous before speaking in public or a big job interview? That’s completely normal.  But for millions …

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Guide to Treating PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder)

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Menstrual Cycle Leave a Comment

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) is a condition that impacts women about 2-3 weeks out of every month. Symptoms include mental/ emotional, as well as physical. In this guide to treating PMDD we’ll cover conventional treatments, as well as 12 natural treatments for PMDD to consider. Many women are familiar with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). By some estimates, 85% of us experience …

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What Are Fibroids & How to Treat Fibroids Naturally

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Menstrual Cycle Leave a Comment

Fibroids are benign tumors that develop in the uterus and can lead to painful, heavy periods. In some cases, they can become quite large and problematic. In others, they go undetected and are without symptoms. In this article I’m going to review what fibroids are and how to treat fibroids naturally. Are you one of the millions of women affected …

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How Does The Morning-After Pill Work?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Birth Control Leave a Comment

The Morning-After Pill or Plan B is a medication that comes with a lot of confusion, including how the morning-after pill works. So, let me clear it up straight out the gate—the morning-after pill works by preventing ovulation. Perhaps the worst part of not knowing how the morning-after pill works is that typically, you have to make a decision about …

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Vitamin B6 Benefits for Women

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Food Leave a Comment

The Vitamin B6 benefits for women are numerous and at the top of the list is certainly hormone balance. Sometimes the issue for women struggling with symptoms of hormone imbalance, like PMS and infertility, is a need for the nutrients that support healthy hormones. Vitamin B6 benefits include: Hormone balance Pregnancy nausea support Reduce PMS  Better sleep Brain health optimization  …

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Can Birth Control Affect Who You’re Attracted To?

Dr. Sarah HillPublished: Birth Control Leave a Comment

It is surprising that for as long as we’ve had birth control available to women there is still so much we don’t know about it impacts our body, our relationships, and our overall life. In this guest post by Dr. Sarah Hill, she explains how birth control can affect who you’re attracted to, along with other ways birth control may …

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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 …