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 …

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 …

Late Nights Ruining Your Hormones?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

I recently attended the Institute of Functional Medicine’s annual conference, which was all about a very important subject. It reinforced some basic, but crucial information when it comes to hormone balance and, ultimately, our overall health. You see, there’s this thing we all need to help ensure blood sugar regulation, mood stabilization, and hormone health. And an estimated 50-70 million Americans …

9 Ways to Boost Progesterone & Your Fertility

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

You’re probably familiar with the symptoms: mood swings, anxiety, fatigue, low sex drive, and sleep disturbances. For some women, PMS hits the week before their period. For others, the symptoms are more erratic, seemingly lasting throughout the month. If this sounds like a normal month for you, we need to talk. First of all, feeling bad should never be considered …