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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Can gluten cause infertility?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Fertility Comments

Can gluten cause infertility? It is a question on many women’s minds… especially when they’ve tried everything to get pregnant. There’s a lot to say about gluten and its effects on your health. Practitioners may recommend that you avoid gluten for a number of reasons – to lower systemic inflammation, increase cognitive function, or to help reduce the symptoms of …

Easy Detox Tool for Happy Hormones

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

Your body is a wondrous thing – constantly working to remove toxins and excess hormones, while converting the food you eat into nutrients that fuel every cell in your body There are natural detoxification pathways that help to process and clear exogenous chemicals, excess hormones, and cellular waste from the body. This is how the body avoids the buildup of …