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 …

Is Tylenol Safe in Pregnancy?

Dr. Laura Wollman Fertility, Pregnancy Comments

This guest post is by my associate, Dr. Laura Wollman. As women, we are exposed to many toxins every day, some of which are considered “safe.” But how safe are these common toxins when it comes to pregnancy? Dr. Wollman helps shed light on this important topic.  Dr. Jolene Brighten  Common Toxins to Avoid in Pregnancy I talk a lot …

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 …

The Thyroid Secret

Dr. Jolene Brighten Thyroid Comments

I’m so excited that I just can’t hold this in any longer — The Thyroid Secret is finally here!!! I’ve just got word that I can finally let you in on something that I’ve known about for several months, but was sworn to secrecy! My friend Dr. Izabella Wentz and her amazing team have put together something that’s going to …

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 …

How to Improve Egg Quality Naturally

Dr. Laura Wollman Fertility Comments

When couples are wishing to conceive there are many areas that I like to address to ensure they are doing everything possible to have a healthy pregnancy and baby. Some of the things I might discuss relate to decreasing environmental chemical exposure, reducing inflammation, or tackling chronic health problems before pregnancy.   One of my main areas of focus is …

PCOS, Inflammation & Insulin

Dr. Laura Wollman Hormones Comments

  PCOS, inflammation and insulin have more in common than most women know. In my clinical experience, inflammation is often missed and goes unaddressed in women with PCOS.  This guest post is by Dr. Laura Wollman, my associate and the only doc to have been trained in my protocols. Dr. Wollman is sharing how we view PCOS treatment and prevention …

Using the pill to stop periods — Is it really a good idea?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

  The birth control pill is used for many symptoms and conditions outside of just preventing pregnancy. But when it comes to using the pill to stop periods all together we should really ask — is that a good idea? In 2015 the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended that physicians evaluate every woman’s menstrual cycle as a vital sign …

Is Pain Keeping You From Getting Pregnant?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Fertility Comments

Are you one of the millions of women who is struggling with chronic pain? Well, it may just surprise you to hear that your pain may be keeping you from getting pregnant.  Headaches, gut pain, menstrual cramps, joint pain, backaches and old injuries have many women reaching of a bottles of Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Midol, and NSAIDs to get symptom relief. And …