The Best Prenatal Vitamins and When to Start Taking Them

When it comes to preconception care, getting pregnant naturally, and having a health pregnancy, taking the best prenatal vitamins is a must. In general, it is recommended that women begin taking a prenatal well in advance of trying to conceive. They’re also often taken by women who aren’t planning on becoming pregnant because they can help create luscious, shiny hair …

Vitex Guide

The Essential Guide to Vitex and the Chaste Tree

Odds are that if you’re struggling with symptoms of hormone imbalance, PMS, PCOS, infertility, endometriosis, irregular periods, missing periods or any other period problem, you’ve heard of vitex. Today, I’ll be talking more about the benefits and potential uses of vitex (also called chasteberry and chaste tree berry). Consider this your guide to understanding if this herb is right for …

Ashwagandha Benefits and Uses

Ashwagandha Benefits and Uses

Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that has become increasingly popular as more people learn about how herbal medicine can support their health. It has myriad possible benefits, from reducing inflammation to promoting a healthy brain. In this article we’re going to break down Ashwagandha benefits and uses. What is Ashwagandha? According to WebMD, “Ashwagandha is a plant. The root and …

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Seed Cycling for Hormone Balance

Seed cycling has long been used to support women’s hormones by supplying them with the nutrients they need at specific phases of their cycle. I recommend seed cycling for hormone balance in both my clinic and book, Beyond the Pill, because it is an effective and gentle way to support women’s hormones. In this article I’m going to help you …

can you get pregnant at any time

Can You Get Pregnant Any Time of The Month?

Can you get pregnant any time of the month is a very common question women ask in my clinical practice. Heck this, was something I wasn’t even sure about until I got into naturopathic medical school. And this is a question a lot of women don’t know the answer to until they set out to get pregnant. I had the …

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40 Healthy Holiday Gifts for Women 2018 – Dr. Jolene Brighten

I love the holiday season. And I’m a sucker for a great holiday gift guide. I can remember checking out magazines when I was younger just to see what they had in the lineup. These days, the gifts guides live on the internet, which makes it so easy to something special for the people you love. And with that in …

How to Naturally Increase Your Sex Drive in 13 Ways!

Sex drive gone missing? You’re not alone. In fact, as much as 40% of women experience a low libido and disinterest in sex.  Wondering how to naturally increase your sex drive? You’re not alone there either! This blog is all about reclaiming your libido and finding balance. Your lack of desire can be rooted in low testosterone, dietary imbalance, elevated …

Does Birth Control Affect Fertility?

“I thought all I had to do was stop the pill and I’d be pregnant the next month,” Janie shared with me in her first visit. “My doctor assured me that the pill wouldn’t cause any fertility issues. Does birth control affect fertility?,” she asked. There is emerging evidence that hormonal birth control, like the pill, can negatively impact fertility for …

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Anemia & Menorrhagia: Is Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Making You Anemic?

Nikki was changing a super tampon and pad every one to two hours when she first came to see me. Even these would fail her on her heaviest days. Beyond the bleeding she was struggling with fatigue, anxiety and hair loss. The reality was, her periods had caused her to become anemic and that anemia was causing her to have …