“Some people say you are what you eat. I say you are what you know. Understanding your health is the first step towards improving it”
– Talia Zenlea
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Here you’ll find the answers to some of the questions I encounter most commonly in my practice – and ones that you may have had but were afraid to ask!
HPV? We’ve Got You Covered There are more than 100 types of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) out there, and it’s a VERY common virus that affects both females and males. How common? About 75% of sexually active Canadians will have at least one HPV infection during their lifetime. And we have to…Details
What You Need to Know About Post-Partum Depression Recently many celebs, such as Hayden Panettiere and Drew Barrymore, have opened up about their battles with Post-Partum Depression (PPD). However, despite the “awareness” raised by their stories, most of us still don’t know when the line is crossed from being a hormonal, sleep deprived…Details
Neonatal Eye Ointment and the Canadian Controversy Local mommy groups are abuzz this week after Canadian news outlet, Global, reported that the mandatory application of prophylactic eye ointment to newborns was “ineffective, outdated and unethical.” What followed were two camps: happy hippies, and a lot of pissed off doctors. All of this suggesting…Details
Bothered by Stretch Marks? You’re Not Alone Roughly 75% of women will develop stretch marks during pregnancy. They can appear on the belly, sides, thighs, breasts, arms and buttocks. They can also happen during puberty, or at times of rapid weight gain, as well as from some medications or medical conditions. Given how…Details
Losing sleep over lost hair? Hair loss, also called alopecia, is one of the most troubling conditions for women. There’s so much social importance placed on a long and luscious mane. And alopcia can be really frustrating for your doctor, too. Unfortunately, because hair loss can go on for a while before…Details
5 Tips for Heart Healthy Living Did you know that in Canada, every 7 minutes, some one dies from a heart attack or stroke? In the US, some one dies from cardiovascular disease each minute. You probably don’t think about preventing heart disease because you are, like most of us, busy taking caring…Details
Beat Dry Skin with These 6 Easy Tips! Now that the weather’s cooling off, if you live in a cold climate you may be thinking about winterizing your pipes, your car, your garden… and your skin?? Dry itchy skin (xerosis cutis) is a common reason for visit in a dermatology clinic, especially here…Details
Fecal Incontinence? You’re Not Alone Having “an accident” as an adult can be extremely embarrassing – something you might not even feel comfortable discussing with your doctor. Know that you aren’t alone. It’s estimated that about 5% of women over the age of 60 will have experienced an involuntary loss of stool. This…Details
Preventing Wrinkes? Sign Me Up! What’s up with preventative Botox? Botulinum toxin injection (brand names including Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin®…I will just say “Botox®” for simplicity!) is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures today – and I like to refer to it as a “gateway drug.” Botox® relaxes the muscles into…Details
IUD? Yes You Do! Women have been trying to prevent pregnancy since the beginning of time. Historically there have been records of individuals using sheep bladder as condoms, lemons in the vagina as a kind of “cervical cap”, Lysol douches, and the old faithful withdrawal method (surprisingly 82% effective) to prevent pregnancy. It…Details
Just Say “No” to the Little Pink Pill Earlier this month the The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Addyi (flibanserin) to treat acquired, generalized hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women. Viagra, or the male equivalent to this medication has been on the market since 1998, and was certainly a great achievement…Details