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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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 …

Birth Control Pills and Antioxidants

Has your doctor told you about birth control pills, antioxidants and the way they interact? That your birth control pill is depleting your antioxidants? My guess is, probably not. As the leading expert in post-birth control syndrome and the long-term side effects and consequences associated with hormonal contraceptives, I meet with women in my medical clinic every week who are …

Healthy Holiday Gift Guide 2017

The holidays are an awesome opportunity to support those you love! Giving a gift that encourages health is the ultimate gesture that you care.   Here’s a list of some of my favorite healthy holiday gifts to create great health! Hormone Loving Personal Care Balance by Dr. Brighten. I formulated this product for all around great hormone support and to …

Period Gone Missing After the Pill? Here’s What to Do First.

Have you been off the pill for 3 months and your period still hasn’t returned? You’re not alone. This is called post pill amenorrhea and it’s more common than you probably realize. In fact, anywhere from upwards of 3-6% of women may never see the return of their period post pill with studies suggesting that women with a history of irregular periods are …

Non-Toxic Cleaning Products for Better Hormones

As a mom, I always have an eye out for non-toxic cleaning products to use in my home. After all, kids spend a lot of time in contact with the floor and they all inevitably have a “put everything in the mouth” phase that increases their exposure to what’s in their environment. But it’s not just our kiddos that we need …

Does Fertility Awareness Method Work?

Does fertility awareness method work? This is a very common question in my practice and today I want to share with you a quick review of the different methods and what we know about the effectiveness of each. Plus I’m going to share with you what I recommend to my patients! But you may be thinking…Who would want to learn an …