Endo belly

Endo Belly: Causes and Treatments for Endometriosis Bloating

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Cramps, Endometriosis, Estrogen Dominance, Menstrual Cycle, Period, Period Problems, What to Eat Leave a Comment

Endo belly refers to the severe abdominal distention or bloating that occurs in patients with endometriosis. It can not only take a significant physical toll but also has psychological impacts. Nutrition, lifestyle, and, in some instances, medications can help with the management of symptoms. Endometriosis is a common condition affecting about 10% of women and can present as pelvic pain, …

Pain During Ovulation

Pain During Ovulation: Is It Normal?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Cramps, Menstrual Cycle, Ovulation, Period Problems Leave a Comment

The idea that women are destined to experience pain simply because they have a menstrual cycle is not okay with me. It’s true our bodies go through changes throughout the month that indicate hormone shifts, and sometimes this can cause discomfort, but that doesn’t mean you should have to rely on painkillers to get through your cycle.  Ovulation pain, aka …

diindolylmethane DIM supplement benefits

DIM Supplement Benefits For Women

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones, Period Problems, PMS & PMDD Leave a Comment

If you’ve been struggling with PMS symptoms, heavy periods, acne, breast tenderness or symptoms of PCOS or perimenopause then you’ve probably come across a DIM supplement as a solution.  That’s because DIM supports healthy estrogen levels in the body.  What Are DIM Supplements? DIM is short for diindolylmethane, a metabolite of indole-3-carbinol. DIM is a compound that can only be made …

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Does Progesterone Cause Weight Gain?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Menstrual Cycle, Perimenopause/ Menopause, Period Problems Leave a Comment

Hormones. It’s easy to blame them for everything, from mood swings to food cravings to those extra pounds that don’t quite make sense. While weight fluctuation can be totally normal and healthy, truly unexplained weight gain can point to a hormone imbalance and might be your body’s way of asking for extra help. If weight loss is a goal, it’s …