Episode - PMS, Low Libido, and Orgasms with Dr. Jolene Brighten


PMS, Low Libido, and Orgasms with Dr. Jolene Brighten

Everybody’s normal is different, and just because something is common doesn’t mean it’s normal.

As health practitioners, people often ask us whether what they’re experiencing is normal. Without an understanding of your body and what is normal for you, it’s easy to be misled by all the misinformation out there, especially when it comes to women’s bodies. So, where do you go to find the tools to empower yourself?

Most states in the United States do not teach medically accurate sex education. Outside of the school system, people turn to social media and the stories and experiences of family and friends. None of these routes tend to give you the insight you need into your specific body and health needs and leave most people in a place of uncertainty.

That’s why today’s guest, Dr. Jolene Brighten, was inspired to write her book, “Is This Normal?” a non-judgmental guide to creating hormone balance, eliminating unwanted symptoms, and building the sexual desire you crave. Dr. Jolene is a hormone expert, nutrition scientist, and thought leader in women’s medicine. She is board certified in naturopathic endocrinology and trained in clinical sexology. A fierce patient advocate and completely dedicated to uncovering the root cause of hormonal imbalances, Dr. Jolene empowers women worldwide to take control of their health and hormones through her website and social medical channels. Dr. Jolene is also an international speaker, clinical educator, and medical advisor within the tech community.

In this conversation, Dr. Jolene and I discuss why it’s crucial to understand what’s normal for your menstrual cycle, how thyroid health impacts your fertility and sexual desire, myths about low libido and aging, the role of the vaginal microbiome, her flexible 28-day plan, and more. Enjoy the episode!


During this episode, you’ll learn about:

  • Dr. Jolene’s inspiration for writing “Is This Normal?”
  • Why Dr. Jolene is passionate about addressing misinformation and empowering women to understand their bodies
  • The critical difference between common and normal
  • Breaking the myth that period pain and monthly disruption to your quality of life is normal
  • The challenges in getting an endometriosis diagnosis
  • How to know whether you have a normal menstrual flow and cycle length
  • Dr. Jolene’s top tips for reducing period pain
  • The connection between your thyroid and fertility
  • The need for comprehensive support during pregnancy
  • Why some women can benefit from low-dose levothyroxine when it comes to IVF
  • The impact of hypo and hyperthyroidism, societal norms, and hormone balance on women’s libido
  • Understanding responsive versus spontaneous desire
  • The effects of stress on sexual desire and fertility
  • Why aging should not reduce your ability to orgasm
  • The importance of clitoral stimulation and different pathways for women to achieve orgasm
  • Recognizing the significance of pleasure in human experience
  • Estrogen’s role in maintaining a healthy vaginal microbiome and beyond
  • Dr. Jolene’s 28-day plan for hormone optimization


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