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Is Birth Control Bad for Your Gut

“My doctor has treated me for SIBO, candida, and gut symptoms, but every test shows I still have these infections. I feel like I can’t eat anything because everything makes me sick. I’m at my wits end and wondering, is birth control bad for your gut?,” Laura shared in her first visit. Her story is sadly common among women on …

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40 Healthy Holiday Gifts for Women 2018 – Dr. Jolene Brighten

I love the holiday season. And I’m a sucker for a great holiday gift guide. I can remember checking out magazines when I was younger just to see what they had in the lineup. These days, the gifts guides live on the internet, which makes it so easy to something special for the people you love. And with that in …

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Is Post Birth Control Syndrome Real?

I am not anti-birth control. In fact, I used the pill for a decade myself and am grateful I had access to it. Today was a very important day here in the United States, it was our day to have our voice be heard and cast a ballot that could forever move women’s health care forward. And interestingly, I was …

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Post-Birth Control Syndrome Acne Solutions

Acne is a common reason women start birth control & it is a big reason women are fearful of coming off. Post-birth control syndrome acne can show up anywhere—your face, your chest, your neck, your back, and even your booty can present with pimples. PBCS acne is common, even if you never had acne before starting birth control. And it …

How to Naturally Increase Your Sex Drive in 13 Ways!

Sex drive gone missing? You’re not alone. In fact, as much as 40% of women experience a low libido and disinterest in sex.  Wondering how to naturally increase your sex drive? You’re not alone there either! This blog is all about reclaiming your libido and finding balance. Your lack of desire can be rooted in low testosterone, dietary imbalance, elevated …

Does Birth Control Affect Fertility?

“I thought all I had to do was stop the pill and I’d be pregnant the next month,” Janie shared with me in her first visit. “My doctor assured me that the pill wouldn’t cause any fertility issues. Does birth control affect fertility?,” she asked. There is emerging evidence that hormonal birth control, like the pill, can negatively impact fertility for …

Treating PCOS Symptoms With The Pill, or – Even Better – Without

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a whole lot more than cysts on the ovaries. And the absence of cysts doesn’t mean that you don’t have it. PCOS symptoms can cause a whole host of issues including missing periods, heart disease, and diabetes. Symptoms of PCOS can vary based on the woman and her individual hormonal imbalances. Here are some of …

How Do Birth Control Pills Work

I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t told how the pill worked until my final years on it. And what did I care? I just didn’t want painful periods or a baby and the pill promised to deliver on both accounts. But I had to wonder as I entered medical school, “just how do birth control pills work?” And …

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Is Progesterone Cream the Answer for Hormone Imbalance?

Progesterone cream is sold over the counter and widely available. But is it really the best treatment for symptoms of hormone imbalance? And what should you look out for if you use it? Before you dive into what progesterone cream is and who benefits from added progesterone I’d like to help you understand what your natural progesterone is and what it …