Perimenopause and Weight Gain

How to Lose Weight During Perimenopause

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Perimenopause/ Menopause, Weight Loss Leave a Comment

Weight gain is a common symptom that women experience during perimenopause. Even when diet, exercise, and other lifestyle factors remain the same, the number on the scale and the waist measurement can creep up. This change can feel frustrating, unexpected, and impossible to change.  However, the root of perimenopause weight gain may be in the natural hormonal changes during this …

can you get pregnant during perimenopause

Can I Get Pregnant During Perimenopause?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Fertility, Perimenopause/ Menopause, Preconception & Fertility Leave a Comment

I’ll jump straight to the point: yes, some women can get pregnant during perimenopause, but others will have a hard time becoming or staying pregnant because of. Perimenopause encompasses the years leading up to menopause or the cessation of your period for at least 12 months. During perimenopause, hormonal shifts cause irregular menstrual cycles, making it more difficult to predict …

What Does DHEA do in the Body

What Does DHEA Do And When Should You Take It?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Adrenal, Balancing Your Hormones, Sex Hormones, Sex Hormones, Side Effects Leave a Comment

When talking about cyclical hormones, estrogen is the star of the show, but did you know you need DHEA to make estrogen? DHEA is the most abundant steroid hormone in the body and is required for both estrogen and testosterone production.  If DHEA levels are low, you might notice low libido, fatigue, and other symptoms of low sex hormones. Low …

What age does perimenopause start

When Does Perimenopause Start and How Long Does It Last?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones, Perimenopause/ Menopause Leave a Comment

Perimenopause, the transition between reproductive years and menopause, signifies the beginning of hormonal changes lasting from a few months to several years. While it won’t last forever, it can seem like an eternity if you’re experiencing symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, irregular periods, and mood swings.  Even before you reach perimenopause, your body gives you hints that things are …

diet for perimenopause

What Diet Is Best During Perimenopause

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones, Food, Perimenopause/ Menopause, What to Eat Leave a Comment

Perimenopause, the time in life when a woman or person with ovaries begins to transition away from reproductive years to menopause, is not talked about enough. So many women come to me confused about their changing bodies—periods are suddenly irregular, the weight creeps up, and their mood is all over the place. They are entirely unaware that these are typical …

Symptoms of High or Low SHBG Levels

Symptoms of High or Low SHBG Levels, and How to Change It

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

Hormones are central to health. They can either act like the conductors of an orchestra, leading to a harmony of health and well-being, or they can create a cacophony of chaos. Women’s health experts primarily focus on estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, but they aren’t the only hormones at play. Sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) is a hormone that sits in the …

Why is My Vagina Itchy

Why Is My Vagina Itchy? How to Relieve Vaginal Itching

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones, STIs, Vaginal Discharge Leave a Comment

Chances are, you’ve experienced itching “down there” at one time or another in your life and may have some questions: Why does my vagina itch? What causes vaginal itching? How do I get rid of vaginal itching and prevent it in the future? And is vaginal itching normal? These are important questions and ones that I address fully in my …

Health Risks of Low Hormones

Health Risks of Low Hormones, Premature Menopause, and Menopause

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones, Menstrual Cycle, Perimenopause/ Menopause Leave a Comment

You might be surprised to learn that your ovarian hormones, including estrogen, have more to offer beyond the menstrual cycle and reproduction. These hormones affect all tissues and systems in the body and are integral to the health of your brain, heart, bones, and more. That’s why there are real health risks that come with low hormone levels in women.  …

AMH, PCOS, and Infertility

The Connection Between AMH, PCOS, and Infertility

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

AMH, or Anti-Mullerian Hormone, can be a useful marker in evaluating those with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and fertility. While it does have utility, it also has limitations. But what is AMH and why might your doctor order it? The quick and simple answer is, AMH can give you information about the number of eggs you have. Low levels can …