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When Is the Best Time to Test Hormone Levels?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Menstrual Cycle Leave a Comment

I get a ton of questions from women who are confused about their hormones. When you’re trying to figure out why you feel so crappy every month, it can be frustrating trying to get access to the appropriate tests. It can be even more frustrating to suffer terrible symptoms and yet have no diagnosis because your bloodwork comes back “normal.” …

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Does Alcohol Affect Your Period?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Menstrual Cycle Leave a Comment

Does alcohol affect your period and what about your hormones? We’re all pretty familiar with the negative effect alcohol can have on us the day after we’ve had a few too many cocktails…dehydration, screaming headaches, and fatigue. Hangovers are no fun, right?  But can alcohol affect your period and hormones, too?  Let’s explore the ways alcohol can potentially affect your …

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14 Health Benefits of NAC (N-Acetylcysteine)

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Gut-Hormone Connection, PCOS, Preconception & Fertility Leave a Comment

N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) has a list of health benefits longer than its name! While NAC might not be as well known as other nutrients I’ve discussed, it is definitely one worth getting on your radar.  From detoxification, to brain health, to heart health, to fertility, NAC is a jack of all trades, and it’s a supplement I regularly recommend to my …

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14 Vitamin C Benefits You Should Know About

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Adrenal, Mood & Emotions, PMS & PMDD, Stress Reduction Leave a Comment

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for many reasons. Also known as ascorbic acid, Vitamin C is water-soluble, so it can’t be stored in large amounts by the body. You’ve got to ingest it daily. Vitamin C is crucial for skin, bones, ligaments, tendons, teeth, eyes, and blood vessels. In this article, we’ll discuss all of some of the top …

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How to Prepare for Quarantine: A Mama Doctor’s Guide

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: What to Eat Leave a Comment

In this article I’m going to walk you through how to prepare for quarantine and what my family did to prepare. And I’ve got a 3 day meal plan for you along with some recipes to support. Plus, you’ll find a shopping list below with additional items to help you prepare. My family and were placed on quarantine as of …

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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 …

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. …