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Vaginal Dryness And Yeast Infections

August 12, 2019

>>Susan Bratton: Hi, I’m Susan Bratton. Your trusted hot sex adviser. And I’m here with my friend Dr. Jolene Brighten. And Jolene and I are talking today about all
of these things that happen to your vagina when you take birth control and what you can
do to reverse them. So things like vaginal dryness, recurrent
yeast infections, and the worst of all painful sex. So let’s start with… Do you want to start with vaginal dryness? How you want to do it? Top down? What’s the best way?>>Dr. Jolene B: I think we can just dive
on in. They’re all very much connected.>>Susan Bratton: They are.>>Dr. Jolene B: And it’s something I think
it’s compartmentalized like “No, only young girls get yeast infections and only old ladies
they get vaginal dryness.>>Susan Bratton: Old ladies get vaginal dryness. Exactly.>>Dr. Jolene B: And actually a lot of my
patients who are on hormonal birth control complain of vaginal dryness and one thing
is, is how does the birth control pill or any of these synthetic hormonal birth control
options work.>>Susan Bratton: And let’s list what this
synthetic hormonal birth control options are.>>Dr. Jolene B.: So we’ve got the pill, we’ve
got the patch, we’ve got the IUD. We’ve got the implant. We’ve got the shot. And we’ve got the NuvaRing as well. And so with all of those. They are really working by stopping how your
brain is talking to your ovaries. And in doing that, it’s shutting down your
entire reproductive system. Which sounds like a good idea if you don’t
want to have a baby, but it’s not->>Susan Bratton: It doesn’t even sound like
a good idea if I don’t want to have a baby. Why would you want to shut down your entire
reproductive system. And don’t miss our episode on the dirty dozen
bad side effects of birth control because it’s not just your reproductive system. Right?>>Dr. Jolene B.: Yeah. Its very->>Susan Bratton: Messing every aspect of
your body. But we’ll get back to vaginal dryness here. Keep going.>>Dr. Jolene B.: So if you’re taking a medication
that is stopping how the brain and the ovaries are communicating and stopping the ovaries
from actually producing all of those wonderful hormones that they’re able to produce. That’s going to have impacts on the tissues
that they specifically have to stimulate like the vagina. And so we see vaginal dryness is really common. Now on top of that when we go into menopause
or when you’re on hormonal birth control. You can still lean on your adrenal glands
a bit and they’ll kick out something called DHEA which is a precursor to testosterone
and estrogen. So here’s the deal though. You may try to kick out some DHEA, the birth
control. I’m glad you said that episode. You got to go watch some because it’s messing
with your adrenals. But even if you can get any little bit of
testosterone out, your liver is affected by these hormonal contraceptives and it’s causing
it to kick out more sex hormone binding globulin. Which is grabbing onto all of that testosterone. And we often think about testosterone just
being for orgasms. I think that’s a lot.>>Susan Bratton: No, I think most people
think testosterone is for dudes.>>Dr. Jolene B.: That’s true.>>Susan Bratton: So you actually need testosterone
to have an orgasm. To have soft tissue in your vagina.>>Dr. Jolene B.: And lubrication. And so all lubrication can be lost. And the other thing is that your doctor probably
didn’t tell you this. They don’t teach this in medical school. But we go through a whole menstrual cycle. There’s this ebb and flow of it’s really just
this beautiful symphony of hormones. And through all of that. There’s different times of the month where
you’re going to have more vaginal secretions, more lubrication. That tends to be testosterone starts to rise. You feel like you’re getting in the mood. Now, the vaginal secretions start and it’s
all. It’s a whole mechanism mama nature put together
to get a baby.>>Susan Bratton: One of the videos that you
can watch is with Nicole Harlow. You probably know Nicole. “Girl Meets Body” is her YouTube channel. And she actually goes through, I call it the
fertility finger test. I named it for her where she, if you swipe
your clean finger in your vagina every day and you look at the vaginal secretions. You can tell where you are in your ovulatory
cycle. And so if you want the specific details of
what it looks this color or this is where you are and what it looks like this. This is where you are. You can actually tell where you are in your
cycle by the vaginal secretions. But if you’re suppressing the vaginal secretions
with the pill or one of these synthetic hormonal contraceptives. Then you’re not getting the data you need
to know when you’re ovulating. When you’re having all of these things and
you’re getting the dryness.>>Dr. Jolene B.: And that’s essentially->>Susan Bratton: They’re tied together.>>Dr. Jolene B.: Absolutely. And that’s, I mean, it really is all tied
together with women because there’s also your mood, what your breast tissue look like and
your basal body temperature. There’s even the moon cycle and their science
to show that as well. We are complex as ladies. Which is why I love women’s medicine. That’s why I do it because, I love my men
too. But I like to get into all of this. So here’s the deal with that though, is not
while you’re suppressing these hormones I give you, go watch that video and look at
what your vaginal secretions or like right before your period come. They’re kind of tacky and that’s essentially
what you’re like all the time. Which is a super big bummer. And then women, that’s->>Susan Bratton: What you mean. That’s what you like all the time when you’re
on the pill. Super Tacky of vaginal secretions. So you never get that slipperiness from ovulation.>>Dr. Jolene B.: And that’s what breaks my
heart is that leads so many women to come to me and say, “Well what’s wrong with me?” There’s nothing wrong with you. You’re not broken. This is not about you. This is about a drug, a pharmaceutical, that’s
altering that natural hormonal rhythm. And so that’s how a lot of women find themselves
needing to use a lot of lubes and different things. I bet you got videos on lubes.>>Susan Bratton: I do. I only like natural organic lubes because
if you wouldn’t put it in your mouth. You shouldn’t put it in your vaginal canal
because they are the same tube that’s called mucosal tissue. This is mucosal tissue. It’s all the same. So if you wouldn’t eat it. Don’t use it on your Yoni.>>Dr. Jolene B.: And I love that you say
that. And I will say I straight up disagree with
doctors who were like, “It’s just your skin.” “It’s just your vagina.”>>Susan Bratton: No because with our skin’s
the largest organ in our body.>>Dr. Jolene B.: And we apply hormones that
way.>>Susan Bratton: We take these toxins in
from all those chemicals. In all those nasty lubes.>>Dr. Jolene B.: Absolutely. And your ovaries are sitting right there. It’s not a good idea at all.>>Susan Bratton: Keep it all natural. Toxic free.>>Dr. Jolene B.: But as women start to lean
on lubes, if you’re on hormonal contraceptives and some of these lubes that are, they have
little sugar elements in them that can actually feed yeast and that will actually lead a lot
of doctors to say, “No.” You just need to go out and get these synthetic
lubes. No, no, no. You need to look at what this birth control
is doing to your vaginal ecology and as you just said, “The tube is connected all the
way through.” So what grows in your gut grows in your vagina
and vice versa. We know birth control causes dysbiosis. That is the good gut bugs. They’re imbalanced with the bad gut bugs. And if that’s happening. Now here’s what you got to know about yeast. Yeast is not bad used to just opportunistic. And if you give it the opportunity to grow
it is going to do that. And so we see yeast infections. This is well documented and very, very common
for women who are on hormonal contraceptives and all of this can lead to painful sex. And the other thing that’s really concerning
is that the younger your put on hormonal birth control. The more likely you are to have painful sex
and specifically at the introitus the opening. But it really can be anywhere. And if you think about how sex works. And we just have another video on that as
well. Where we talk about vagina parts is that when
you get in the mood. Your uterus actually moves back. But if you don’t have testosterone. You don’t have lubrication. Your clitoris and all of your sexual tissue
cannot become engorge. That uterus may not move back and now if a
penis abruptly meets the cervix, it is. I think it’s some of the worst pain in the
world if you’ve ever experienced it. And that again leads women. I actually had a patient who came to me and
her doctor told her that she should consider a hysterectomy because she couldn’t give her
husband doggy style because it was too painful->>Susan Bratton: What?>>Dr. Jolene B.: For her.>>Susan Bratton: Oh men.>>Dr. Jolene B.: Yes. And she was. This is what we get in women’s medicine. We get contraceptives, IVF and when you’re
done with the babies.>>Susan Bratton: Right. Exactly.>>Dr. Jolene B.: But that was his solution
to a 33 year old. And I said, “Okay, well hold up.” You’re on hormonal contraceptives. When’s the last time you had an orgasm? And she’s like, “I don’t know. Like maybe never”>>Susan Bratton: Maybe never.>>Dr. Jolene B.: Well when she was pregnant,
when she was off of everything and she was pregnant. She had orgasms and she was like, “Doggy style
actually was an issue.” I’m like, “Well that’s a key in your history.” But she thought she was broken. She thought that she couldn’t be a good wife,
a good woman. It’s a very sad story. And her doctors only solution was like, “We’ll
remove the organ that’s in the way.” No, there’s natural physiology. I actually am like, “Now you know.” I’m like, “I need to just send everyone over
to you” and be like, “You need to go watch you and your husband, you and your partner.” “You just sit down, watch what needs to happen
because it’s a good 20 minutes or more of stimulation to actually get the female body.” And actually I will back it up and say, “There’s
the stimulation piece of when you’re going to have sex.” But for women are foreplay really happens
throughout the day. When you’re taking care of the kids and you’re
doing the dishes and when you help us out and we feel safe, we feel cared for and protected. That’s actually, that’s really some of the
secret sauce to foreplay. Starting at like 24 to 48 hours in advance.>>Susan Bratton: Definitely. There’s so many things that have to be right
for you to enjoy and relax into your sexuality. But the very first thing is to remove the
roadblocks to any vaginal dryness, recurrent yeast infections, painful sex. All of these things can be fixed through getting
good hormonal balance. And bringing your body back into its natural
equilibrium. So if you’re wondering, “How do I get off
the pill or one of these hormonal birth control contraceptive options.” I have a couple of pieces of advice for you. One is, watch our video on non hormonal contraception
so you can see what your options are getting off birth control. And then once you’re ready to get off of the
pill. You can take Dr Brighton’s birth control hormone
reset program. I’m going to put a link to it in the video
below. And that’s going to help you get off the pill. Get your body regulated again. Get on non hormonal birth control. Watch that video. And then you’ll be able to get to the next
step. Which is feeling more pleasure and sensation
in your entire vulva. And for that I also have a gift for you. It’s called expand her orgasm tonight. Expanded Orgasm, is a clitoral stroking technique
that is very light because your clitoris does not need a lot of pressure to feel pleasure. Especially if you’re coming off of things
like painful sex, vaginal dryness or other vaginal infections. Expanded Orgasm is a practice for partners. You can do it to yourself or you can do it
with your partner. It gives you the time to get fully engorged
and turned on and it gives you what I would almost call some orgasmic training. It helps you begin to take that moment of
orgasm and stretch it out over time and it’s a certain touch technique in a certain way
of orgasming. That it will help you become more orgasmic
and multi orgasmic in many, many ways. So the three free pleasure reports are at
the link below along with the birth control hormone reset program from Dr Brighton. They really work hand in hand to get you to
what is your birthright. Which is gorgeous pleasure and beautiful sensation. Not in your Yoni. But in your whole body and your whole life. So I’m Susan Bratton, your trusted hot sex
advisor here with Dr Jolene Brighten my amazing friend who I know you just loved and we’ll
see you on the other side.


  • Reply Romeo Guadarrama September 28, 2018 at 3:52 am

    You guys got porn videos

  • Reply MsZeitgeist85 September 29, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    Thanks for the info on birth control. The other day wanted to reward him for a romantic date night he gave me so I put a note in his lunch bag with a lipstick kiss mark and I wrote "when you get home I'm going to put this on and paint your fireman's helmet red." When he got home he said I kid you not…. reading that made him hard in seconds and I couldn't wait to get home. That was a night to remember. He said that was such a hot visual that from now on me smiling at him with lipstick alone will make his buddy stand up and salute me.

    NVR but I hope you like me sharing one of our sexy memories.

  • Reply Victoria Fontana October 2, 2018 at 2:08 am

    what about older women like 60 to 75 what do you recommend for dryness

  • Reply xoBElIEVEox February 19, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    I was 18 and got on depo and it really made me dry and got off it immediately and a year later im still dry 💁🏽‍♀️ what do i do

  • Reply lilcyberangel July 25, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    I got off the pill and I still had recurrent yeast infections for 4 months

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