What Are STIs and How to Prevent Them

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

Let’s talk about sex—specially sexual health. So much about sexual health is kept quiet, but if you read my articles or follow me on Instagram, you know I’m all about open conversations about sex and intimacy—and that includes the not-so-fun topic of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). We need to be more open about safer sex because awareness and education are …

What Causes Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal Dryness and the Vaginal Flora

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Gut-Hormone Connection, Perimenopause/ Menopause, Sexual Health Leave a Comment

Vaginal dryness is a women’s health symptom that often goes overlooked. Women may feel uncomfortable discussing dryness with their partner or provider and suffer in silence. Or they may believe vaginal dryness to be a normal part of being a woman or getting older.  If you are experiencing vaginal dryness, you are not alone. It is widespread, affecting up to …

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 …

natural lubricants

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 …