Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Sexual Health, Fertility, & Pregnancy

Childbirth is an incredible physical accomplishment for the female body! Women work hard to grow, carry and birth their babies and approximately 1 in 4 women experience pelvic floor symptoms because of it. In a vaginal birth, the work...
I discuss Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs, or Sexually Transmitted Diseases - STDs) with all sexually active patients and I routinely recommend screening for STIs. STIs are infections that you can get from having sex that can  be caused by...
In Canada, 1550 Canadian women were diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2017 and 400 of them died from it. Patients in my medical practice often ask me "what is cervical cancer" and "how can I prevent cervical cancer." ...
Attending your prenatal visit and going for prenatal ultrasounds and bloodwork is a LOT of work! I learned that when I went through my pregnancy. Even as a health care professional, I sometimes got confused on when to attend...
Before medical school I thought I was going to have all of my children before the age of 30. Then real life happened. Studying, residency, work, and soon I was 29 years old and still not pregnant. Like many...
Many women are concerned about the appearance and the function of their bodies after having children. Our bodies go through incredible changes in order to grow and birth our babies, so its normal to worry about recovering from your...
What the Heck IS Folic Acid? With all the appointments and tests that occur during pregnancy, it’s hard to keep track of everything and easy to question, “Is all of this really necessary?” My patients often ask me "Do I...
I often get parents coming into my office asking why their child is developing Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD - formerly known as ADD). The truth is: scientists don’t fully understand why some children might develop ADHD, and why...

Breastfeeding Struggles

As a physician, I have counselled on the benefits of breastfeeding. I always encouraged breastfeeding as it’s more affordable, helps with bonding, and has health benefits to both the infant and mother. Over the years I had new moms come...