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

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

Have you been off the pill for 3 months and your period still hasn’t returned? You’re not alone. In fact, upwards of 37% of women never see the return of their period post pill. For many women, coming off of the pill signals the beginning of a myriad of symptoms and can mean the end of regular periods.  The threat …

Detox Skin Care & Beauty Products in 3 Steps

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones, Thyroid Comments

At some point in my 20’s I got it in my head that women were supposed to smell like vanilla…and berries and champagne…and whatever the people behind the infamous VS store told me I should smell like. Looking back, in my attempt to smell like the “perfect woman,” I was bathing in lotions and huffing fragrances that were wrecking my …

Does Fertility Awareness Method Work?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Fertility Comments

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 …

How to Do a Holistic Detox to Balance Hormones

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

Balancing your hormones with diet alone might not be getting you the results you really need. That’s where a holistic detox comes in! Depending on your symptoms, your cycle and your history you may benefit from a 21 day hormone detox 2-4 times per year. How do you know if you’re in need of a hormone focused detox? If you …

Balance Your Hormones in 4 Easy Steps

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

Hormones…they can completely rock our world at times. Leaving us feeling like we are at the mercy of their seemingly sporadic bursts, it may seem impossible to ever regain balance of your hormones. But I want to tell you that today, you can begin creating amazing hormone health in 4 easy steps. If you missed my last post on the …

Prescribed the Birth Control Pill for Your PCOS? Here’s Why That’s Dangerous

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

A woman with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is often met with the birth control pill, maybe an androgen blocker and then sent along her merry way. Told there is nothing that can be done. Told she will never conceive naturally. And told that it’s just in her genes. And since she is more likely to experience anxiety or depression at …

Late Nights Ruining Your Hormones?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

I recently attended the Institute of Functional Medicine’s annual conference, which was all about a very important subject. It reinforced some basic, but crucial information when it comes to hormone balance and, ultimately, our overall health. You see, there’s this thing we all need to help ensure blood sugar regulation, mood stabilization, and hormone health. And an estimated 50-70 million Americans …

Postpartum Detox Body Scrub

Rachael Pontillo, M.Msc, CNAP, CIHC, LE Postpartum Comments

Guest Post by Rachael Pontillo of Create Your Skin Care There are many reasons for new moms to be tired and not feel their best after having a baby, whether it’s their first or fifth. Obviously lack of sleep and stress plays a big part, but increased hormone activity is also largely responsible as it affects emotions and also uses …

Hormone Imbalance Adrenal Glands | DrBrighten.com

Hormone Imbalance? Your Adrenal Glands May Be the Cause

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal, Fertility, Hormones, Thyroid Comments

Your ovaries, adrenal glands and thyroid depend on one another to function properly. I like to think of the ovarian adrenal thyroid axis (OAT) as a 3 legged stool. For that stool to remain sturdy, and well…functional, you need all three legs supporting it. If one of those legs (systems) starts to falter, the whole system can eventually topple. If …