Dr. Carrie Schram, family doctor with Family Way Obstetrical Group at Women’s College Hospital, explains how women can plan and prepare for a healthy pregnancy.
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Women who have used fertility therapy to add to their families need not worry about the effects of those treatments on their long-term heart health. A research study found no link between fertility treatment and excess cardiovascular risk later in life. In fact, mothers who conceived using fertility treatment had […]
Kegel exercises strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor, which support the bladder and other pelvic organs. Kegels can help treat stress urinary incontinence and help prevent it from getting worse, and can also help with urge suppression. “Used in combination with other conservative managements, they can be very effective,” […]
Women’s fertility is limited by time. Fertility changes over the course of women’s reproductive lives, decreasing as they get older. A woman’s ability to get pregnant starts to decline many years before she reaches menopause. It’s important for women to be aware of this timeline. “Fertility peaks in women in […]
Menstrual flow can vary a lot from one woman to another, and can also change over time during a woman’s reproductive years. Light periods aren’t usually a concern unless they are in combination with absent or infrequent periods. Heavy periods, however, can be an issue. Frequent pad changes, large clots […]
About 70 to 80 per cent of the population gets a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection at some point in their life. Most of the time, a person’s body reacts to the virus and fights it off without even showing symptoms. However in some cases, HPV can develop into cervical cancer. […]
Cervical cancer screening saves lives. In the decades since the widespread adoption of the Pap test as a regular screening tool, deaths from cervical cancer have dropped dramatically. Cancer Care Ontario guidelines recommend a Pap test every three years for women between the ages of 21 and 70 who have […]
Incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine from the bladder. “Urinary incontinence is a very common symptom that affects both men and women,” says Frances Stewart, advanced practice nurse and nurse continence advisor at Women’s College Hospital. “Despite being very common, it often goes unreported,” Stewart says. “People with incontinence […]
Your period can be considered a vital sign. It’s a sign that your body is in a healthy enough state to support a pregnancy. Cycle length and flow vary widely from one woman to another, so there is a range of healthy menstrual patterns. A regular menstrual cycle is usually […]