Post-Birth Control Syndrome, Fertility & PCOS with Dr. Jolene Brighten

January 24, 2019

I’m absolutely honoured today to bring to you the leading expert in a major (but often ignored) women’s health issue to the podcast.

Dr. Jolene Brighten 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 author of Beyond the Pill, a 30 day plan to support women on birth control, help them transition off, and eliminate symptoms of post-birth control syndrome. She is a speaker, women’s health advocate and a medical advisor for one of the first data-driven apps to offer women personalized birth control recommendations.

Dr. Brighten is the person I turned to when I was struggling with regaining my period after 11 years on birth control pills, and ever since I’ve recommended her incredible work to everyone I know.  She is the most passionate person on this topic that you can imagine, and this is the kind of episode that is an absolute must listen.

In fact, be prepared to take notes and listen at least twice.

We talk about:

  • What is Post-Birth Control Syndrome
  • What PCOS is and what it means for your body
  • Why your doctor may be ignoring your symptoms and what you can do to care for your own health.
  • The MANY ways the Pill can affect your body and how the symptoms may present (this is going to surprise you)
  • What kinds of testing to ask your doctor to order for you
  • The effects of the Pill on your fertility (this is a big question that needs to be addressed)
  • How to heal your body when coming off of birth control pills

Three of the biggest takeaways I want you to get out of this episode:

  1. We need to respect the individual approach.
  2. Women’s health is very complicated.
  3. Medicine is intertwined, not separate.

I cannot WAIT to get my hands on a copy of Dr. Brighten’s new book Beyond the Pill, and highly recommend you grab a copy for yourself, and pick up some extras for your girlfriends while you’re at it!  It’s available next week on January 29th, and you can pre-order your copy now.



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Hormonal Birth Control, Part II: Healing from The Pill

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