How Women Can Reduce Holiday Stress and Burnout

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Adrenal, Anxiety, Depression, Mood, Balancing Your Hormones, Sleep, Stress Reduction Leave a Comment

Time with family, holiday lights, special food, and fun drinks are some of the many things we love about the holidays. But let’s be honest: The holidays can be more than stressful. The pressure to make everything “perfect,” plus extra get-togethers, travel, and gift-giving, can all add up. For women, who tend to do it all, the holidays can be …

High Prolactin Level Symptoms & Solutions

Causes of Elevated Prolactin Levels in Women

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones, PCOS, Thyroid, Thyroid & Hormone Balance Leave a Comment

Prolactin is one of the less talked about hormones, but it’s critical for both men and women. Prolactin is produced by the pituitary gland and helps with sexual function, fertility, and lactation. While prolactin levels can fluctuate, they should generally be lower in women who are not pregnant or breastfeeding. Elevated prolactin levels can cause several issues, including problems with …

Why Am I In A Good Mood After My Period Starts?

How Hormones Affect Mood Throughout Your Menstrual Cycle

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Anxiety, Depression, Mood, Menstrual Cycle, Mood & Emotions Leave a Comment

Why Am I In A Good Mood After My Period Starts? You’re likely well acquainted with premenstrual syndrome (PMS), the set of symptoms that can occur in the days leading up to your period. But have you ever noticed that once your period actually starts, the clouds seem to part, and you suddenly feel a whole lot better? It’s not …

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Inositol Fertility Benefits

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

Inositol is one of my favorite supplements for fertility. It’s a nutrient closely related to the B vitamins, and it’s especially helpful for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) because it helps regulate insulin levels. Nearly one in ten women of childbearing age has PCOS, and it’s one of the most common causes of fertility problems. PCOS is characterized by insulin resistance, …

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Getting Pregnant With PCOS

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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common reason for anovulatory infertility (when an egg isn’t released from the ovaries). But having PCOS doesn’t mean that you can’t get pregnant. PCOS could make it harder to conceive because lack of ovulation is at the core of this condition. Without any egg for sperm to fertilize, there can be no pregnancy, …

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Sulforaphane Benefits for Hormone Balance and Health

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones, Herbs & Supplements, What to Eat Leave a Comment

Every time I speak to patients about nutrition for hormone balance, I remind them how important it is to include a variety of nutrients in their diet for optimal health. So many factors contribute to hormone balance and overall health, and no one food or supplement will be a “magic bullet.” But one nutrient has so many health benefits for …

Is Low-Carb Good for Women’s Hormones?

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

There’s a lot of debate surrounding low-carb diets and whether they are helpful or harmful. As low-carb diets have become increasingly popular, it’s an important question to ask.  Low-carb diets are often touted as a tool to kick start weight loss or balance blood sugar. It’s true that some people benefit from restricting carbs, but low-carb diets aren’t always the …

Inositol Supplements for PCOS

Why Inositol Should be Part of Your Plan for PCOS

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: PCOS, Preconception & Fertility, Thyroid & Hormone Balance Leave a Comment

Millions of women are affected by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)—up to 20 percent worldwide. And often I hear from patients and readers looking for options in managing their PCOS. This is one reason why supplements like inositol are growing in popularity. Inositol, often called vitamin B8 (although it’s actually not a vitamin because the body can make it), is found …

Choosing Best Inositol Supplement

How to Choose The Best Inositol Supplements for Fertility, PCOS, Thyroid & More

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

Inositol is a vitamin-like compound found throughout the body, where it plays a significant role in cellular signaling. It’s also used as a supplement to improve fertility, help with PCOS symptoms, support thyroid health, and more. I’ve seen inositol work wonders for my patients when used in combination with other lifestyle changes. The problem is that not all supplements are …