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Birth control options: fertility awareness

Fertility awareness relies on tracking a woman’s fertile times, and either avoiding intercourse or using a barrier method of birth control on fertile days. Every month, changes in a woman’s hormone levels direct her body to release an egg from the ovaries. In order for a woman to get pregnant, […]

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Birth control options: the ring

The birth control ring NuvaRing is a hormonal method of birth control, like birth control pills or the Evra patch. The ring contains synthetic forms of the female hormones progesterone and estrogen. Each month, a new ring is placed in the vagina, where it releases a continuous low dose of […]

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Birth control options: permanent methods

Permanent methods of birth control involve creating a surgical block or an occlusion to prevent a woman’s egg from coming in contact with a man’s sperm. Although they may be reversed in some cases, they are usually called permanent because reversal is difficult and cannot be guaranteed. These procedures do […]

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Making decisions about birth control

There are several decisions a woman needs to make when choosing a method of birth control, and her choices will change with her needs and her life situation. Fortunately there are many birth control options. Some of the decisions a woman can make about birth control include: Reversible or permanent? […]

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PCOS after menopause: an ongoing metabolic condition

Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is the most common hormonal condition in women of reproductive age, affecting between five and 10 per cent of women. PCOS is the most frequent cause of irregular periods, but it’s more than a reproductive condition. It’s a metabolic condition that is linked to health […]

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PCOS and pregnancy

Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is the most common hormonal condition in women of reproductive age, affecting between five and 10 per cent of women. To be diagnosed with PCOS, a woman must have at least two of the three key symptoms. In addition, other possible causes that can mimic […]

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Polycystic ovary syndrome and diabetes risk: metabolic links with PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is the most common hormonal condition in women of reproductive age, affecting between five and 10 per cent of women. PCOS is the most frequent cause of irregular periods, and one of the condition’s defining features – as the name suggests – is multiple cysts […]

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Quinoa à la Med

Makes 6 servings 1 cup Quinoa, rinsed 250 mL 2 cups Bite size broccoli florets, blanched and drained 500 mL 1 cup Diced tomatoes 250 mL 2/3 cup Drained, diced oil marinated artichoke hearts, patted dry 150 mL 2/3 cup Diced, roasted red bell peppers 150 mL ¼ cup Finely […]

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Pepper Crusted Rainbow Trout

Makes 4 servings 4 tbsp Coarsely ground black pepper 60 mL ¼ tsp Coarse sea salt 1 mL 4 Rainbow trout fillet (about 1 lb/ 500g) 4 1 tbsp Canola oil 15 mL 1 cup Dry white wine 250 mL ¼ cup Freshly squeezed lemon juice 60 mL In a […]

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Nutty Tofu and Green Vegetable Stir Fry

Makes 4 servings Preparation Time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 30 minutes 1 tbsp Vegetable oil 15 mL 8 oz Firm tofu, cubed 250 g 1 Green bell pepper, thinly sliced 1 1 ½ cups Green beans, trimmed 375 mL ½ tsp Salt 2 mL 4 Cloves garlic, minced 4 […]

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