In case you haven’t noticed, this show has had EXCLUSIVELY female guests for the 8 months of its existence, but this week, we are taking girl talk to another level because we are talking ALL things hormonal health, periods, and birth control. Think of this episode as a super empowering, mind-blowing upgrade in place of what high school health class SHOULD have taught you. I sat down with the incredible, Dr. Jolene Brighten, who is a Functional Medicine Naturopathic Medical Doctor and the founder of Rubus Health, a women’s medicine clinic that specializes in women’s hormones. She is recognized as a leading expert in Post-Birth Control Syndrome and the long-term side effects associated with hormonal contraceptives. Dr. Brighten is the best selling author, speaker and regular contributor to several online publications and health apps. I’m SO grateful for the work Dr. Brighten is doing in women’s health and she has SO much knowledge to share in this episode. We talked all about:

– Women’s experience with traditional, western medicine

– How we can feel more empowered and in control of our health

– The basics of the menstrual cycle and why it’s NOT that complicated

– The nitty gritty of hormonal birth control and the need-to-knows for before, during, and after using hormonal contraceptives.

If you’re a woman… you NEED to know this stuff, and I’m so happy that you’re here. If you’re not a woman, then this episode will give you a whole new respect for the female body… so buckle up (:

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Free Guide – What I eat, for energy & satisfaction, managing cravings, creating structure without causing stress, etc. (3:30)

Start of Interview (5:27)

Dr. B’s background (6:01)

“You just said I’m fertile ONE day of the month, but I’m suppressing my hormones EVERY day?” (8:10)

“Women’s medicine is often done TO them, and not WITH them” (11:22)

PTSD from going to the Gyno (13:24)

The narrative society tells us about understanding out hormones (13:50)

The health consent in healthcare, “having her be an active participant” (14:26)

More attention, more time, more participation (15:45)

“I don’t heal my patients, I teach them how to heal themselves” (16:00)

Nones every been served by fear (17:00)

“Take the rains and drive the chariot like the goddess you are, because nobody’s going to drive it better than you” (17:46)

Sex Ed – an epic fail (19:05)

“The change we need in medicine is going to come from women demanding better” (20:05)

Making birth control decisions based on fear (20:55)

The low down on your sex hormones & how your menstrual cycle works (21:30)

Your Adrenals & Thyroid (22:33)

The Thyroid (23:25)

TSH – Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (25:00)

Brain fog, hair loss, constipation – ask WHY until we can’t ask why anymore (26:05)

Our hormonal phases – Follicular, Ovulatory, Luteal (26:53)

Let’s talk about the pill (30:38)

Birth control & autoimmune diseases, mood, nutrients, liver, family history (32:40)

Inflammation & gut health (34:39)

Gratitude Bonuses: Lab tests, nutrient support, interviews (37:58)

What to look for in our birth control symptoms (38:48)

What pharmacists see with birth control and side effects (40:36)

“Your menstrual cycle is the fifth vital” (43:23)

What is PBCS – Post Birth Control Syndrome (44:30)

What can happen after going off birth control (46:29)

“If you never work to undo what birth control has done to your body… that doesn’t just self correct.” (50:53)

Brain & ovarian communication; “When you start your period, it is natural to have irregular periods!” (51:27)

“The younger we put a girl on the pill, the more we mess with that, the harder it is for her to get her period back later.” (52:01)

Why we need to be asking these questions & understanding more (52:50)

Dr. B’s Alternatives for the pill (54:30)

“I am that girl that’s going to college, I don’t want to get pregnant” … “The pill is 99% effective, with PERFECT use”

The Fertility Awareness Method (56:05)

Other non-hormonal options; Copper IUD, condoms, gels (58:05)

More info and resources from Dr. B (1:01:00)

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