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Birth control options: female condoms

Condoms are the best way to protect you and your partner against sexually transmitted infections when having intercourse. When a woman also uses a spermicide, condoms are 98 per cent effective at preventing pregnancy if used correctly. Traditionally, male condoms were the only condoms available. More recently, female condoms have […]

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Choosing a method of birth control

Dr. Sheila Dunn, research director of the Family Practice Health Centre at Women’s College Hospital, talks about factors that affect birth control decisions.

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Perimenopausal hot flashes

Dr. Yolanda Kirkham, a gynecologist at Women’s College Hospital, discusses risk factors for perimenopausal hot flashes and night sweats, and how they can be treated.

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Kegel exercises

Frances Stewart, RN, advanced practice nurse and nurse continence advisor at Women’s College Hospital, explains how to do Kegel exercises correctly to strengthen the pelvic floor.

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Painful periods

Dr. Yolanda Kirkham, a gynecologist at Women’s College Hospital, talks about some of the main causes of menstrual cramps, and available treatments.

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Preventing falls

Shelley Thakrar, a physiotherapist with the endocrinology department and the Women’s Cardiovascular Health Initiative at Women’s College Hospital, offers tips on fall prevention at home.

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Managing a prediabetes diagnosis

Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe, director of the Centre for Integrated Diabetes Care at Women’s College Hospital, discusses how lifestyle changes can help manage prediabetes and delay or even prevent the progression to Type 2 diabetes.

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Eating well with diabetes

Janis Rusen, a clinical dietitian and certified diabetes educator with both the Endocrinology Program and the CACE Complex Care Clinic at Women’s College Hospital, shares her top diet tips for people who have recently been diagnosed with diabetes.

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The difference between depression and being sad or unhappy

Dr. Simone Vigod, chief of psychiatry at Women’s College Hospital, explains how depression is different from our normal reactions to life’s ups and downs.

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Rising rates of Type 2 diabetes in young women

By Patricia Nicholson Type 2 diabetes was once thought of as a condition that affected older people. Now, this chronic disease is targeting a different age profile. “The chance of being diagnosed with diabetes increases with age,” says Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe, scientist at the Women’s College Research Institute and endocrinologist […]

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