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 bacteria or viruses. Two of the most common STIs are gonorrhea and chlamydia. Sexually transmitted
Cervical cancer is a scary diagnosis, with it affecting 1 in 5 Canadian women. Fortunately, there are many steps we can take to prevent it and one of them is by talking straight to my patients about the pap smear. Cervical cancer screening (done through a pap smear) can identify cervical cancer and cervical “pre-cancer”
Attending your prenatal appointments and going for prenatal ultrasounds and blood-work 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 my visits and almost forgot to go for my gestational diabetes screen! As a physician, my
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 pregnancy and delivery. After all, you just spent 9 months growing a life inside of you.
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 other children do not – but there have been studies done that suggest that genetics and