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 …

7 Adaptogenic Herbs to Heal Adrenals Naturally  

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal, Hormones Comments

“Every little stressor feels like the end for me! I’m screaming at my kids, my husband, and gritting my teeth with co-workers for at least the last 6 months,” Alice shared in her first visit. She was 10 months postpartum with her first baby and holding down a fulltime job on top of a household! To say she had some …

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 …

Dr. Brighten on Bulletproof Radio – Women’s Health, Post-Birth Control Syndrome, and Brain Injuries

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Hormones, Postpartum Comments

Join me on Bulletproof Radio where we talk Women’s Health, Post-Birth Control Syndrome, and brain injuries. From Post-Birth Control Syndrome and hormones, to “mommy brain”, to traumatic brain injuries, Dr. Brighten and Dave break it all down in this dynamic conversation. Dr. Brighten – who specializes in women’s health, from fertility to postpartum care, adrenal and thyroid support, autoimmune conditions, …

The Anxiety Hormone Connection

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones, Thyroid Comments

Could hormones be the cause of your anxiety? The anxiety hormone connection is real and it is why so many women struggle with anxiety, despite the medications or meditations they are offered. So much emphasis is put on stress and anxiety that people nearly roll their eyes now when we talk about it. I can’t blame them. When you’re told …

10 Top Foods for Thyroid Health

Dr. Jolene Brighten Food, Thyroid Comments

Whether you are Hypothyroid or Hyperthyroid, this list of 10 top foods for thyroid health has got you covered! In my clinic, we like to focus on what you CAN eat, rather than all the foods you should be avoiding. And while there are certainly plenty of foods you should be avoiding if you have hypothyroidism, I want to encourage …

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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 …

Healing Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism in Portland

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Thyroid Comments

Maddie’s doctor looked at her labs and told her, “I don’t think your thyroid is your problem. Instead, I’d like to refer you to a psychiatrist because I think your problems are largely due to stress.” It’s true, Maddie was stressed. And if you looked at her chart without hearing her story, you might also think that Maddie’s symptoms were …

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 …