How to Boost Sex Drive After Stopping The Birth Control Pill

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

It’s no secret the pill can snuff out that special spark while you’re on it, but many women who discontinue the pill find their sex drive has gone missing for good. This was Megan’s story. She found her way to my clinic after reading my Post Birth Control Syndrome (PBCS) article and for the first time since stopping the pill, …

What is Estrogen Dominance + What to Do About It

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

Estrogen dominance is one of the most common hormone imbalances we see at Rubus Health. It is a common condition because both stress and environment have a big impact on your hormone levels. Estrogen dominance can develop from excess body fat, environmental estrogens, poor digestion, stress, adrenal issues, and even autoimmune conditions. Often, it isn’t frank estrogen dominance, but rather a …

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 …

Are Leaky Gut Syndrome & Hypothyroidism Connected? + 5 Ways to Heal

Dr. Jolene Brighten Digestion, Thyroid Comments

You may have heard that leaky gut syndrome is why you developed hypothyroidism in the first place. Leaky gut syndrome is  involved in the development of hypothyroidism or more specifically, autoimmune hypothyroidism  (Hashimoto’s) in the majority of cases. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the number one cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. And while not all causes of hypothyroidism are well …

Healing Anxiety Functional Medicine

Healing Anxiety with Functional Medicine

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal, Digestion, Hormones Comments

Anxiety is common enough that I’d venture to guess you at least know someone who has dealt with it, or maybe still is dealing with it. Or maybe that someone is you and you’re trying to understand if there is any chance of healing your anxiety. The conventional perspective on anxiety is simplistic really—you have a neurotransmitter imbalance and you …

Non-Toxic Cleaning Products for Better Hormones

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

As a mom, I always have an eye out for non-toxic cleaning products to use in my home. After all, kids spend a lot of time in contact with the floor and they all inevitably have a “put everything in the mouth phase” that increases their exposure to what’s in their environment. But it’s not just our kiddos that we need …

What to Eat for Thyroid Health + One Day Thyroid Meal Plan

Erica Favela Food, Thyroid Comments

This guest post is from my newest Functional Nutritionist to join the team — Erica Favela! Erica is sharing the top foods she recommends for people in need of a little thyroid love and answering the question, “What to Eat for Thyroid Health?” You may not know this, but us ladies are at really high risk of developing a thyroid …

Do Women Need Testosterone?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

Testosterone seems to conjure images of bulky muscles, aggression and robust libidos. Many people even mistakenly think that testosterone is a hormone that women don’t have to think about. But this multifaceted hormone does so much more for your body than help you bulk up. Testosterone builds bones, supports your brain health, increases energy, helps with weight loss and keeps …

Thyroid Disease After Pregnancy: Fatigue in the Fourth Trimester

Dr. Jolene Brighten Postpartum, Pregnancy Comments

Thyroid disease after pregnancy may be the most overlooked and under diagnosed condition affecting new mothers. Taking a conservative estimate, we can expect 300,000-400,000 mothers to develop postpartum thyroid disease this year. That is 10% of all new moms. But some estimate it may be as high as 17%— and those are only the women who are being tested. Many other mothers …