Friday, April 19, 2019

Sexual Health, Fertility, & Pregnancy

In so many ways, Motherhood starts in pregnancy. From the moment we learn about our pregnancies, we prioritize our own health for the benefit of our babies, such as taking prenatal vitamins, avoiding certain foods, and choosing...
When I was pregnant with Madi I smelled like coconut oil constantly. I was told by my mom and her friends to slather my belly with coconut oil to prevent stretch marks. I suspected that this may...
As a family doc some parents have told me that they do not want their child to get the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine. Some parents fear that their child may have a dangerous reaction to the vaccine,...
The stretching out and thinning of the abdominal muscles and connective tissue allows a woman’s belly to grow into the beautiful, round shape of pregnancy. An understandable concern for a woman is how pregnancy will change the...
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...