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 …

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The Pill Thyroid Connection

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Hormones, Thyroid Comments

The Pill Thyroid Connection is real! And many women have written to me questioning if the birth control pill could be sabotaging their thyroid health. The common story I hear from these women and the women in my practice is that most of their problems started when they committed to that daily pill consumption. This has been a question on my mind …

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 …

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How to Boost Sex Drive After Stopping The Birth Control Pill

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

It’s no secret the pill can snuff out that special spark while you’re on it, but many women who discontinue the pill find their sex drive has gone missing for good. This was Megan’s story. She found her way to my clinic after reading my Post Birth Control Syndrome (PBCS) article and for the first time since stopping the pill, …

Is Iodine Bad for Hypothyroidism?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Thyroid Comments

Is iodine bad for hypothyroidism? This is among the most common questions I am asked by my patients. While it is true that your thyroid requires iodine to make thyroid hormone, too much iodine can cause harm in certain individuals. In this video I review who should be careful about taking iodine and what foods are best to meet your …

Period Gone Missing After the Pill? Here’s What to Do First.

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

Have you been off the pill for 3 months and your period still hasn’t returned? You’re not alone. In fact, upwards of 37% of women never see the return of their period post pill. For many women, coming off of the pill signals the beginning of a myriad of symptoms and can mean the end of regular periods.  The threat …

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Are Leaky Gut Syndrome & Hypothyroidism Connected? + 5 Ways to Heal

Dr. Jolene Brighten Digestion, Thyroid Comments

You may have heard that leaky gut syndrome is why you developed hypothyroidism in the first place. Leaky gut syndrome is  involved in the development of hypothyroidism or more specifically, autoimmune hypothyroidism  (Hashimoto’s) in the majority of cases. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the number one cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. And while not all causes of hypothyroidism are well …

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What Causes Endometriosis + 5 Steps to Heal Naturally

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Hormones Comments

  When Elle first came to see me for her debilitatingly painful periods she was also experiencing some pretty serious digestive issues that were the result of her non-stop ibuprofen use. At 36, she had already gone through multiple surgeries, which offered only temporary relief. For about a week and a half every month she’d find herself missing family events, …

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 …