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 …

Why is Hypothyroidism More Common in Women?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Thyroid Comments

  Nearly 1 in 3 people have thyroid disease, the majority of which are women. Yet more than half of those with a thyroid condition don’t know they have it. Women are 5 to 8 times more likely to have thyroid disease. It can be diagnosed with a simple blood test, but doctors don’t necessarily think to order the testing …

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Why Orgasms Are Good For Women + How to Improve Your Libido

Dr. Jolene Brighten Fertility, Hormones, Thyroid Comments

  Sure, orgasms are fun, but did you know they are good for your health too? If you’ve been following my work, then you know I’m a big fan of women having orgasms because of the amazing health benefits they provide. Yup, orgasms are more than just fun… Why Orgasms Are Good for Women Bumping Oxytocin Levels. Oxytocin — the …

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 …

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Why I Require a Complete Thyroid Panel & Your Doctor Should Too

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Thyroid Comments

In my practice, I make it a point to order a complete thyroid panel on all of my patients, especially those with symptoms or who have just had a baby. The majority of my patients have never had a complete thyroid panel, as their doctor would only order a TSH. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone or TSH is a pretty standard blood …

Postpartum Thyroiditis

Dr. Jolene Brighten Postpartum, Thyroid Comments

Fatigue, weight loss or gain, anxiety and irritability are all just part of being a mother, right? Not necessarily. In fact, when these symptoms persist, postpartum thyroiditis is a likely suspect.  While we expect there to be some level of fatigue, many mothers find themselves in my practice after being told their severe exhaustion, debilitating anxiety and fluctuations in weight …

New Guidelines for Pap Smears

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

New guidelines regarding when women should get pap smears were published on March 14, 2012. What’s changed? The frequency in which the test should be performed has been greatly reduced. Additionally, it is recommended that all women 30+ be screened for HPV (Human Papilloma Virus). Below is a summary of the new guidelines. Please note that if there are abnormal findings …

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Thyroid Comments

Naturopathic medicine is based on the belief that the human body has an innate healing ability. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) teach their patients to use diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and cutting edge natural therapies to enhance their bodies’ ability to ward off and combat disease. NDs view the patient as a complex, interrelated system (a whole person), not as a clogged …