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242. Is This Normal? A Guide to Women’s Health with Dr. Jolene Brighten #WellnessWednesdays
Episode 24215th March 2023 • Be Well by Kelly Leveque • Kelly Leveque
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Dr. Jolene Brighten is a pioneer in women's medicine, an award-winning board certified naturopathic endocrinologist, and certified sex counselor. She's the author of Beyond the Pill and Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth, and a fierce patient advocate who is completely dedicated to uncovering the root cause of hormonal imbalances.

Dr. Brighten empowers women worldwide to take control of their health and their hormones. In this episode we talk about three important topics in her newest book, Is This Normal?: your sexual self, your cyclical self, and her 28-day plan to bring your hormones back into balance. This new book comes with a free cookbook when you pre-order or order online, and it helps you understand your body and identify hormone imbalances that you may be able to treat naturally. 

I’m so grateful for Dr. Brighten for being a beacon of truth, sharing all of her knowledge, and giving women a place to talk about the things that nobody talks about. Grab a copy of her new book, Is This Normal?, today, and enjoy this conversation with Dr. Brighten.

We also cover…

00:07:10 — Understanding Your Sexual Self

  • What’s normal when it comes to sex and libido
  • Focusing on what’s normal for you versus comparing your libido to others
  • How hormones influence your sexual desire
  • When in your ovulatory cycle you will likely feel most and least aroused
  • Excitation and inhibition 
  • Things that put the “breaks” on intimacy; especially stress
  • Acknowledging the mental burden women carry
  • Trauma, deep hurts, and common issues for heteronormative relationships that affect libido
  • What’s normal: masturbation and orgasms
  • Read: She Comes First by Ian Kerner

00:48:13 — Identify Hormone Imbalances & Heal Naturally

  • How common hormone imbalances manifest in our lives
  • Advice for women in the perimenopause phase experiencing estrogen dominance
  • Alcohol’s impact on ovarian function and hormones
  • Vitamin, diet and lifestyle recommendations for natural hormone balancing
  • What you can expect to accomplish with her 28-day program


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