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Do Birth Control Pills Cause Gallbladder Problems?

Women are at a much great risk for gallbladder disease. In fact, some studies show we are two to three times more likely to develop gallstones and other gallbladder related conditions compared to men. Considering the vast majority of women are on or have used birth control pills at some point, it raises the question in many women’s minds, “do …

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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 …

Why Do I Poop So Much On My Period?

‘Why do I poop so much on my period?’ is one of the most common questions both my patients and readers ask. Are you curious why your period makes you poop too? Ok, maybe it’s not you…but you can ask for a friend, right? This was Sonya’s question during our first visit when I asked about her period. “I get …

7 Thyroid Symptoms Most People Don’t Know About

Thyroid gland problems can range from weight gain to hair loss to depression, but these 7 thyroid symptoms are less recognized and often missed by many doctors. 7 Thyroid Symptoms Most People Don’t Know About #1. You may not taste or smell things the same if you’re hypothyroid.  Too little thyroid hormone can cause alterations to how we taste and …

The Gut Hormone Connection

“My acne has no pattern, I’ve tracked it and I can’t find any connection to my hormones,” Rebecca shared during her first visit with me. Rebecca isn’t the first patient to be baffled by how their skin seemed to take a dive at random times. While Rebecca’s acne issues did have a hormonal component, the bigger issue at play had …

The Birth Control And Thyroid Connection

The birth control and thyroid connection is real! And many women have written to me questioning if the birth control pill could be sabotaging their thyroid health. The common story I hear from these women and the women in my practice is that most of their problems started when they committed to that daily pill consumption. This has been a question on …

Are Leaky Gut Syndrome & Hypothyroidism Connected? + 5 Ways For Healing Leaky Gut

You may have heard that leaky gut syndrome is why you developed hypothyroidism in the first place. Leaky gut syndrome is involved in the development of hypothyroidism or more specifically, autoimmune hypothyroidism  (Hashimoto’s) in the majority of cases. Here are those connections and 5 ways for healing leaky gut! Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the number one cause of hypothyroidism in the …

Healing Anxiety with Functional Medicine

Anxiety is common enough that I’d venture to guess you at least know someone who has dealt with it, or maybe still is dealing with it. Or maybe that someone is you and you’re trying to understand if there is any chance of healing your anxiety. Functional medicine may just be that step for you. The conventional perspective on anxiety …

Healing Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism in Portland

Healing Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism in Portland is my passion. I’m Dr. Jolene Brighten and this is is a true story you may find close to home… Maddie’s doctor looked at her labs and told her, “I don’t think your thyroid is your problem. Instead, I’d like to refer you to a psychiatrist because I think your problems are largely due to …