Squirting and Female Ejaculation: What You Need to Know

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Orgasms, Sexual Health Leave a Comment

Did you know that women can also ejaculate during sex? The phenomenon, also called “squirting,” is a popular topic when it comes to sexual health, and one that comes with a lot of questions. Female ejaculation is a fairly common experience, but not something that gets talked about very often. To compare, just think of how many phrases there are …

Bacterial Vaginosis Causes, Symptoms & 5 Natural Treatments

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Sexual Health Leave a Comment

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common vaginal infection that mainly affects women in their reproductive years, most commonly ages 15-44. In fact, it’s the most common vaginal condition women in this age group experience, though anyone can get it. It’s caused by the overgrowth of normal bacteria found in the vagina. While many women don’t have symptoms, others can experience …

Your Vagina: Everything You Need to Know

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Sexual Health Leave a Comment

If you have a vagina, chances are that it didn’t come with a user’s manual. Many people have received little (if any) education around this area of anatomy from parents and doctors, leaving them to wonder “am I normal?”  Because of culture, bias, and other influences, you may feel uncomfortable, uncertain, or even shameful about your vagina and vulva.  All …

What You Should Know about Abortions and Women’s Health

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Pregnancy, Sexual Health Leave a Comment

I hear so many questions about abortions because let’s face it, there’s a whole lot of misinformation out there. If you only listen to the chatter, it’s hard to sort out the actual facts.  And unfortunately, there are many websites that may appear to be educational but are actually providing incorrect, biased, or incomplete information. In this article, I’ll give …

Can Thongs Cause Infections?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Sexual Health Leave a Comment

Love them or hate them, thongs are famous for keeping us comfy, making some of us feel sexy, and pantyline-free. But do thong underwear really cause infections? Thongs certainly get a bad rap on the topic of vaginal health. While some people have no problems wearing thongs regularly, others might find problems with infections, odors, or itchiness. So which is …

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What to Avoid in a Lube?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Sexual Health Leave a Comment

Have you ever shopped for a personal lubricant before? The choices can be confusing and overwhelming. There are so many different types and different advantages of each kind of lube. How are you supposed to choose? And what to avoid in a lube can feel confusing too. I’ve decided to do a breakdown of personal lubricants to cut through all …

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How To Increase Serotonin Levels

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Anxiety, Depression, Mood, Brain Health, Exercise, Libido, Sleep, Stress Reduction Leave a Comment

Serotonin is a key hormone in promoting feelings of happiness and well-being. It plays a role in regulating your digestion, sleep, bones, inflammation, libido, and memory. If you’re dealing with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, or insomnia, you may want to ask your doctor about a possible serotonin deficiency. You can support your body’s natural happiness hormone by understanding how serotonin …

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15 Perimenopause Supplements for Happy Hormones

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones, Libido, Perimenopause/ Menopause Leave a Comment

Perimenopause is a time of hormonal decline as the body prepares to stop ovulating and shift into menopause. While ideas of shifting hormones may feel you with a sense of dread, there are many nutrition, lifestyle, and perimenopause supplements that can help you maintain your energy, mood, and overall well being.  Perimenopause can be a confusing time in a woman’s …

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Quarantined with an Abuser: 6 Ways to Stay Safe

Sarita HartzPublished: Sexual Health Leave a Comment

This guest post on how to stay safe in quarantine with an abuser is by Sarita Hartz, who worked as a Victim Advocate Counselor at Tu Casa Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center. She and I are both currently in quarantine in one of the only places in the US to currently have a legal mandate, which is why we are …