Do Women Need Testosterone?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

Testosterone seems to conjure images of bulky muscles, aggression and robust libidos. Many people even mistakenly think that testosterone is a hormone that women don’t have to think about. But this multifaceted hormone does so much more for your body than help you bulk up. Testosterone builds bones, supports your brain health, increases energy, helps with weight loss and keeps …

Post Holiday Detox

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal, Digestion, Hormones Comments

Is your body in need of a mini-reboot? Is a little Post Holiday Detox in order?  Overindulging in food, stressed from holiday travel or maybe having one too many glasses of wine are one of many reasons you may be feeling fatigued, bloated and moody. Feeling awful around the holidays is the worst… actually, feeling that way anytime of year …

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 …

Hormone Imbalance? Your Adrenal Glands May Be the Cause

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal, Fertility, Hormones, Postpartum, Pregnancy, Thyroid Comments

Your ovaries, adrenal glands and thyroid depend on one another to function properly. I like to think of the ovarian adrenal thyroid axis (OAT) as a 3 legged stool. For that stool to remain sturdy, and well…functional, you need all three legs supporting it. If one of those legs (systems) starts to falter, the whole system can eventually topple. If …