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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 …

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The Truth About Vaginal Discharge and Odor

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Sexual Health Leave a Comment

Can we talk about vaginal discharge for a minute? It’s a fact: Many people are still uncomfortable talking about basic female anatomy, including the vagina. And perhaps even more taboo is the topic of vaginal discharge or, heaven forbid, odor.  While we’ve come a long way from the days of using Lysol or Coca-Cola as a douche, reliable, accurate information …

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Why Does Sex Hurt? 14 Causes of Pain with Sex

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Sexual Health Leave a Comment

In a perfect world, all sex would be consensual and enjoyable, all parties involved would be in the mood at the same time, and everyone would have a great experience. As a naturopathic physician working in women’s health, I am no stranger to the question, “why does sex hurt?” And neither are a large percentage of women. Research indicates, for …

Bacterial Vaginosis Symptoms & 5 Natural Treatments

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Sexual Health Leave a Comment

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common vaginal infection that affects women in their reproductive years. It is caused by the overgrowth of normal bacteria found in the vagina. While many women don’t have symptoms, others can experience unpleasant symptoms as well, such as unusual discharge, itching and a fishy odor.  In this article, I’ll break down exactly what BV is, …