Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Adrenal Fatigue?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal, Hormones Comments

“Does the birth control pill cause adrenal fatigue?,” Charlotte, a 31 year old patient at my clinic asked. As a women’s health expert that specializes in helping women with the side effects and long-term consequences associated with the birth control pill, this is a question I hear often. Charlotte, like many other women, had become concerned about what role the …

High Testosterone in Women + What to Do About It

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

“I can’t keep up with the amount of hair on my chin! At this rate, I’m going to end up in the circus as the bearded lady,” 36 year old Shannon shared in our first visit. In addition to hair on her chin, she was now shaving her belly, experiencing terribly oily skin and acne. Shannon’s symptoms pointed to high …

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 …