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Active Living
Full Listing with story descriptions
A Healthy Balance
Ankle Sprains
Active Kids, Healthy Kids
Active Kids in Winter
Athletic Skin Infections
Children, Nutrition & Exercise
Beat the Heat!
Cold Weather Workouts
Concussions
Core Stability
Cross Country Skiing
Exercise and Disabilities
Exercise and Menstrual Irregularities
Exercise in the Cold
Exercise in the Heat
Exercise is Medicine
Exercise Options
Exercising in Pregnancy
Female Athletes
FITT Prescription
Footwear for Running
From Surviving to Thriving
Flexibility
Gadgets & Gizmos
Get Moving!
Get Motivated
Golf Exercises
Golf Injury Prevention
Head Injuries
Hockey Injuries
Home Gyms
Immunization
Jump Start Weight Loss
Knee Cap Pain
Knee Ligament Injuries
Live Actively
Low Back Pain
Osteoporosis & Exercise
Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis of the Knee
Plantar Fasciitis
Prehistoric Workout
Prevention of Sports Injury
Proprioception
Recreational Safety Equipment
Running
Safe Snow Shovelling
Shin Splints
Ski Conditioning
Shoes & Fit
Sore Elbow
Sore Shoulder
Spinal Cord Injuries
Staying Active
Staying Fit in the Cold
Sports Nutrition & Supplements
Strength Training
Swimming Injuries
Teen Sports Injuries
Walking
Water and Exercise
Weight Training
7 Wonders of Walking
Adolescent Health
Full Listing with story descriptions
Acne
Adolescent Behaviour Problems
Adolescent Growth & Development
Body Image
Body Piercing
Bullying
Chronic Diseases in Teens
Communications Skills
Concussion in Sport
Cosmetics & Skincare
Dangers of Artificial Tanning
Depression
Depression - Causes
Drug Use
Female Physical Exam
First Period
Internet Safety
Junior High
Mentoring to Quit Smoking
Mononucleosis
Parent-Teen Communication
Parent -Teen Interaction Patterns
Personal Care
Psychological Assessment
School Problems
Self Esteem
Self Esteem & Body Image
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Talking About Sex
Taking Chances
Tattoos
Teaching Respect
Teens & Smoking
Teenage Blues
Teen Bedwetting
Teen Drivers
Teen Girls
Teen Health
Teen Immunization
Teen Independence
Teen Rebellion
Teens & Divorce
Teenagers and Sexual Issues
Teens & Exercise
A Woman's Physical
Your First Job
Youth Violence
Childbirth
Full Listing with story descriptions
Advice from the Maternity Clinic
Advice from the Maternity Clinic (Part 2)
Alcohol in Pregnancy
Building a Better Baby
Birthing Etiquette
Birth Plans
Birthing Procedure Trends
Bleeding in Pregnancy
Breastfeeding Benefits
Caesarean Section by Request
Care for the New Mother
Cord Blood Banking
Delaying Motherhood
Blue after Baby or Postpartum Depression
Diabetes in Pregnancy
Eating Well for Pregnancy
Evolving Ideas about Pregnancy and Birth
Exercise in Pregnancy
Flying During Pregnancy
Folic Acid in Pregnancy
High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy
Getting a latch on breastfeeding
Group B Streptococcus
Induction of Labour
Infections During Pregnancy
Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR)
In-Vitro Fertilization
Low Birth Weight Babies
Medication & Pregnancy
Miscarriage
Managing Your Own Labour
Monitoring Your Labour
Nausea & Vomiting in Pregnancy
Pain Relief in Labour
Prenatal Classes
Preterm Labour
Planning a Pregnancy
Pregnancy Weight
Prenatal Care Providers
Postpartum Repetitive Strain Injuries
RH Disease
Rupture of Membranes Before Labour
Sex During Pregnancy
Skin Changes in Pregnancy
Smoking and Pregnancy
Support During Labour
Travelling While Pregnant
Ultrasound for Fun & Photos
Natural Remedies in Pregnancy
Vaccinations During Pregnancy
Vacuum & Forceps for Delivery
Vaginal Birth After Caesarean
When Baby Comes Home
Childhood
Full Listing with story descriptions
Asthma in Children
Attention Deficit Disorder
Babysitter
Bed Wetting
Chickenpox
Childcare Options
Children's Headaches
Childhood Obesity
Choosing A Babysitter
Circumcision
Colds & Flu
Common Childhood Skin Infections
Croup
Developmental Milestones
Diaper Rash
Daytime Wetting
Introducing Solid Foods
Developmental Co-ordination Disorder
Diarrhea
Discipline
Earache
Eczema
Feeding Your Baby
Feeding Your Toddler
Fever
Head Lice
Hearing
How Children Grow
Hearing Loss
Hearing Issues in Newborns
Heart Murmers
Hip Clicks
Influenza
Iron
Is it an Emergency?
Children and Sports Injuries
Lazy Eye (Amblyopia)
Learning Disabilities
Leg Problems
Not Just Baby Fat
Orthodontics
Preparing for Lab Tests
Recognizing Learning Disabilities
Red Rashes
RSV-Childhood Respiratory Virus
Safe Summer Fun
School
Scoliosis
Sick Toddler
Sleep Struggles
Sniffles, Fevers, Rashes & Coughs
Sore Throats
Speech Problems
Strep Throat
Toddler Safety
Thumbsucking
Tooth Injuries
Tummyache
Urinary Tract Infections
Vaccinations
Vaccination and Autism
When to go to the Doctor
Whooping Cough
Worried Sick
Yeast Infections in Children
Chronic Pain
Full Listing with story descriptions
Introduction
Managing Your Pain
Movement Matters
Moving Forward
Nutrition
Opioids
Pacing
Pain Medications
Prevention
Returning to Work
Understanding and Goal Setting
When Pain Doesn't End
Dental Health
Full Listing with story descriptions
Antibiotics and Dental Surgery
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Baby Teeth
Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Children's Dental Injuries
Choosing a Dentist
Cosmetic Dentistry
Mouth Guards
Dental Exam
Dental Care Devices
Dental Caries
Dental Care Offshore
Dental Implants
Dental X-Rays
Dentures and Healthy Jaw
Esthetic Dentistry
Fluoride
Fluoride Findings
First Dental Visit
Headaches
A Healthy Mouth
Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body
Jaw Joint and Muscle Problems
Keeping it Clean
Laser Use in Dentistry
Mouth Protection Equipment
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral Healthcare
Oral health and long term care
Oral Health Care Products
Orthodontics
Orthodontist First Visit
Painless Dentistry
Periodontal Disease
Removable Dentures
Root Canal
Seniors Oral Care
Sensitive Teeth
The Smile You Want
Sore Mouth, Aching Jaw
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Smiling through the Senior Years
Teeth for Life
Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)
Tobacco Risks to Oral Health
Tongue Piercing
Tooth Whitening
Travel Dentistry
Water Fluoridation
Wisdom Teeth
Your Healthy Smile
DIABETES
Full Listing with story descriptions
10,000 Steps
A1C Test
Accurate Blood Glucose Testing
Alchohol and Diabetes
A Diabetes Success Story
ABCs of Diabetes Management
Alternate Site Testing
Artery Health
ASA Therapy
Benefits of Insulin
Benefits of Breakfast
Blood Glucose Medications
Blood Glucose Myths
Blood Glucose Testing
Blood Glucose Testing Tips
Blood Sugar Lows
Blood Glucose Monitors
C-Peptide Testing
Canada Food Guide Revisited
Carbohydrate Counting
Catastrophic Drug Plan
CDA Guidelines for Diabetes
Celiac Disease and Diabetes
Childhood Diagnosis of Diabetes
Children and Type 2 Diabetes
Cholesterol-lowering Medications
Colds and Diabetes
Constipation
Continuous Blood Glucose Monitoring
Cutting Edge
Debunking Diabetes Myths
Driving and Diabetes
Diabetes and Menopause
Diabetes and OTC Medications
Diabetes Care Team
Diabetes and Celiac
Diabetes and Depression
Diabetes Diet
Diabetes Eating on a Shoestring Budget
Diabetes Etiquette
Diabetes and Oral Health
Diabetes and Thyroid Disease
Diabetes and Your Mouth
Diabetes and Your Eyes
Diabetes in Cats
Diabetes in Dogs
Diabetes Management ABCs
Diabetes Meter Technicians
Diabetes Myths
Diabetic Ketoacidosis
Diabetic Retinopathy
Diet Tips for South Asians
Dining Out
Drinking and Diabetes
The Discovery of Insulin
Eating Disorders
Easing the Strain of Stress
Eating to Protect Your Kidneys
Eggs in a Diabetic Diet
Emotional Eating
Emotions of Diabetes Diagnosis
Erectile Dysfunction
Exercise Excuses
Why Fad Diets Fail
Fats
Fibre
Fill Your Day with Energy
Financial Support for Diabetes
Food Temptation
Foot Care
Footwear and Foot Health
Fruits and Veggies
Gastroparesis
Gestational Diabetes
Get Active
Get Physical
Gift Ideas
Glycemic Index and Glycemic Loads
The Glycemic Index
Going Green in the Kitchen
Grocery Shopping Tips
Guidelines for Diabetes Management
Holiday Party Survival Guide
Health Information on the 'Net
Healthy Happy Holidays
Healthy Beverage Choices
Health Benefits of Soy
Healthy Restaurant Meals
High Blood Pressure and Diabetes
High Blood Pressure
HbA1c Test
Healthy Eating for Active People
High Blood Lipids
Home from the Hospital
Home Alone and Sick
Hypoglycemic Unawareness
Impaired Glucose Tolerance
Immunization & Diabetes
Incretins-a Hormone Treatment
Injecting Insulin
Insulin Discovery-The Story
Insulin
Insulin Handling
Insulin - the Key to Energy Management
Insulin Pumps
Insulin Pen Needles
Insulin Pump Infusion Sets
Insulin Pump Therapy
Immunization and Diabetes
Internet Health Sites
Islet Cell Transplantation
Insurance
Ketones
Kidney Disease - Reducing the Risk
Living with Diagnosis of Diabetes
Living Powerfully with Diabetes
Low Blood Glucose
Managing Diabetes
Managing Blood Glucose
Metformin
Nutrition Food Labels
Meal Planning
Your Medication Expert
Medication Research Studies
Metabolic Syndrome
Microalbuminuria
New Diabetes Technologies
Natural Medicines and Diabetes
No Need for Insulin?
Not Snoozing
Over-the-Counter Medications
Oral Health and Diabetes
Osteoporosis and Diabetes
Diabetes and OTC Medications
Pedicure Precautions
Peripheral Arterial Disease
Pet Diabetes
Planning for Pregnancy
Prebiotics and Probiotics
Preparing for Activity
Putting off Insulin
Reducing Stress of Surgery
Safe and Successful Travel
Schizophrenia and Diabetes
Sensible Snacking
Setting Health Goals
Setting Goals for Physical Activity
Sharps Disposal
Shorter Insulin Needles
Sleep - a Missing Link
Smart Snacking
Smart Summer Nutrition
Snack Bars
Snacking with Diabetes
Sodium
Social Media & Diabetes
Solving the Insurance Puzzle
Stress and Diabetes
Success in School
Supplements
Supporting Spouse with Diabetes
Sweeteners
Sugar, Carbs and Blood Glucose Control
Think Positive with Diabetes
Tiny Bites Equal Big Calories
Traveling with Diabetes
Tips for a Better You
Tobacco Use and Diabetes
Top 10 Reasons to Exercise
Treating Low Blood Glucose
Treating Hypoglycemia - Role of Glucagon
Tune up Your Diet
Type 1.5 Diabetes
Type 2 Diabetes
Understanding Diabetes
Understanding Diabetes Medications
Understanding Ketones
Used Sharps
Urinary Incontinence
Vacationing with Diabetes
Vegetarian Eating for Diabetes
Vitamin D
Walking
Wise Choices About Natural Medicines
Wonderful Water
Natural Medicines & Diabetes
World Diabetes Day
Your Medicine Cupboard
Zimbabwe Hand Jive
Family Medicine
Full Listing with story descriptions
ADHD in Children
Allergic Rhinitis
Allergies
Antibiotic Use
Arthritis
Aspirin Every Day?
Asthma
Back Pain
Back Pain Myths
Back Pain - Lower
Birth Control
Bladder Problems
Blood Transfusions
Breaast and Prostate Cancer Screening
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Check-Up
Colon Cancer Screening
Contact Lenses
Contraception
COPD
Cost of Doctor's Visit
Diabetes Management
Diarrhea
Diagnostic Tests
Do I Need a Bone Density Test?
Doctor Visit
Driving Vision
Dizziness
Dealing with Dry Eyes
Does My Sore Knee Require an MRI?
Do I Need an Annual Physical?
Eczema
Electronic Medical Records
Epilepsy
Eye Exam
Family Doctor
Fibromyalgia
Floaters and Flashes
Food Poisoning
5 Ways to Stay Healthy
Gallbladder
Get Active!
Glare
Headaches
Healthcare Teams
Heart Health
Hemorrhoids
Hepatitis C
Human Papilloma Virus
High Blood Pressure
High Blood Pressure Risks
How to Talk to Your Doctor
Hypothyroidism
Insomnia
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Joint Replacement Surgery
Kidney Disease
Lazy Eye Blindness (Amblyopia)
Medical Digital Technology
Migraine
Meningitis
Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Myeloma
Obesity
Opioid Myths
Primary Healthcare Reform
Prostate Problems
Quitting Smoking
Red Eyes
Respiratory Tract Infections
Restore Your Core
Rosacea
Screening Tests
Shingles
Sinusitis
Special Diagnostic Tests
Stopping Stroke
Stroke
Superbugs
Thyroid
Ulcers
Urine Tests
Vaccination Controversies (ask the doctor)
Win by Losing
Urinary Tract Infections
Vision Flickers
First Aid
Full Listing with story descriptions
Bites and Stings
Burns
Choking
Cuts and Scrapes
Eye Injuries
Fainting and Convulsions
First Aid Travel Kit
Hypothermia and Frostbite
Nosebleeds
Poisoning - Household
Emergency Care Guidelines
Sunburn
Growing Older
Full Listing with story descriptions
Advance Care Plans
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Alzheimer Disease
Avoiding Memory Loss
Building Strength
Dementia and Agitation
Cataracts
Can I see Well Enough to Drive?
Cholesterol
Congestive Heart Failure
Coping with Dementia
Constipation
Controlling Medications
C.O.P.D.
Delirium
Dizziness (Vertigo)
Eating Well
Elder Abuse
Exercise Benefits
Erectile Dysfunction
Eye Care
Eyesight and Driving
Feet
Frailty
Fungal Nail Infections
Get Active!
Glaucoma
Grief
Have Health, Will Travel
Health Tips for Seniors
Hearing
Incontinence
Joint Replacement
Lab Tests
Living Longer With Diabetes
Macular Degeneration
Male Menopause (Andropause)
Maintaining Quality of Life as You Age
Memory Loss
New Corneal Treatments
Nutrition for Seniors
Osteoarthritis
Osteoporosis
Parkinson Disease
Problem Gambling
Prostate Health
Retirement
Seniors and Medications
Senior Sexuality
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Screening Tests
Seniors and Driving
Sleeplessness
Skin Structure
Skin Protection
Skin Over 50
Solving Sleep Issues
Staying Healthy
Stroke Prevention
Travel Tips for Snowbirds
Wills and Personal Directives
Modern Living
Full Listing with story descriptions
Abuse
Acupuncture
Adult ADHD
Aging and Memory
Alcohol and Your Health
Anger Management
Antidepressants
Barbecue Basics
Bathtub Safety
Binge Drinking
Bisphenol A
Canada's New Blood System
Caring for a Loved One Dying at Home
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Computer Stress
Coping With Change
Cosmetic Surgery
Cosmetic Pesticides
Depression
Diabetes Epidemic
Discipline
Diseases from Pets
Downsizing
Dying at Home
Erectile Dysfunction New Treatments
Exotic Travel
Fertility Issues
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Foodborne Illness
Flu Pandemic
Grief
Harassment
Healing Through Music
Healthy Computing
Humidex
Hypnotherapy
Ice Safety
Indoor Air Quality
Lymphedema
Mature Student
Melamine in Food
Middle Age Health
Mind-Body Connection
Mom Time
Money Matters
Outdoor Workers and Sun Safety
Patient Safety in the Hospital
Pets and Health Benefits
Pet Therapy
Physiotherapy Visit
Planning for End of LIfe
Reproductive Freedom
Safe Drinking Water
Schizophrenia
Smokeless Tobacco
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Soy
Stigma of Mental Illness
Street Drugs
Stressed or Depressed?
Stress in the Workplace
Stress Leave
Swim to Survive
Sunburn
Time Management
Travel Health Protection
Travel Comfort Tips
Travel Immunization
Understanding Change
Unplugging
Whiplash
Wind Chill Index
Workplace Drug Testing
Workplace Health
Nutrition
Full Listing with story descriptions
5 Tips to Manage Weight
10 Ways to Cut Down on Fat
Battle the Bulge
Boost Your Bone Strength
Body Image
Breakfast is Important
Bowel Health
Building Your Bones
Celiac Disease
Challenging the Milk Myth
Diet Reality Check
Drink Up!
Eating Smarter & Cheaper
Energy Drinks
Food Allergies
Food for Active Kids
Fast Food
Food Labels
Giving Up Gluten
Healthy Diet, Healthy Smile
Healthy Eating for Boomers and Zoomers
Healthy Eating for Seniors
Healthy Eating on Business Travel
Healthy Ethnic Meals
Fad Diets
Fruits & Veggies - 5-10 a Day
Fats
Fat Phobias
Fats & Cholesterol
Feeding Your Kids
Fibre
Food Chemistry 101
Food and Mood
Getting Kids to MOVE
Healthy Eating for Teens
Healthy Habits
Herbal Medicine and Nutrition
New Ingredients for Your Shopping Cart
Iron
Kid's Food
Liquid Candy
Meal Planning with Planned Overs
Mercury Levels in Fish
Night Snacking
Night Shift Eating
Nutrition on the Net
Nutrition Myths Busted
Nutrition Questions Top 5
Nutrition for Menopause
Essential Omega-3
Preventing Cancer Through Nutrition
Picky Eaters
Power of Fruits & Veggies
Portion Control
Power Lunch
PMS and Nutrition
Preparing for Surgery
Probiotics
Reducing High Blood Pressure
Replacement Meals
Sensible Snacking
Sodium
Sodium and Blood Pressure
Sports-Minded Nutrition
Sugar Substitutes
Survive and Thrive
Teen Nutrition
Tips for a SuperDiet
Understanding Food Biotechnology
Vacation Eating
Vitamins D
Vitamins and Minerals
Vegetarian Diet
Weight Loss
Weight Wise Tips
Pharmacy Care
Full Listing with story descriptions
After a Heart Attack
Adverse Drug Reactions
Adult Vaccinations
Allergy Attack
Antibiotic Overuse
New Anticoagulant Medications
Inhaled Asthma medications
Arthritis Medications
Biologics
Biological Response Modifiers
Blood Pressure Monitoring
Blood Thinners
Calcium and Iron Supplements
Changing Role of the Pharmacist
Children's Cold Remedies
Child's Fever
Choosing Sunscreens
Cold Relief
Cold Sores
Constipation and Haemorrhoids
Diuretics and Potassium Supplements
Drug Recalls and Withdrawals
Drug Interactions
Emergency Contraception
Erectile Dysfunction
Expanding Role of Pharmacies
Eye Protection - Sunglasses
Feminine Hygiene
Generic or Name Brand?
Heartburn
Heart Health
Insomnia
Kids and Cold Medications
Medication Questions?
Metabolic Syndrome
Natural Medicines
New Blood Thinners
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Obesity Medication
Over-the-Counter Drugs
Over-the-Counter Drugs and Pregnancy
OTC Pain Relief
Packing Medications for Travel
Pharmaceutical Studies
Preventing Summer Hazards
Research Studies
Quit Smoking
Skin and Cosmeceuticals
Sports & Nutrition Supplements
Sunscreen
Taking Medication
Take as Directed
Using Antibiotics Wisely
Viagra
Vitamin D
Yeast Infections
Your Best Shot
Your Medicine Cupboard
Prevention
Full Listing with story descriptions
Accident Prevention
Alcohol
Antibiotic Resistance
Backpack Pain
Bacteria Fight Back
Bedbugs
Disaster Planning
Diseases from Pets
Caffeine
Cell Phones and Driving
Childhood Obesity
Cancer Prevention Tips
Chronic Disease Prevention
Cold and Flu Season
Disaster Planning
Diseases from Pets
Distracted Driving
Farm Safety for City Kids
Foodborne Illness
Flu Pandemic
The Flu and You
Heading Home for a Visit
Health Tips for Snowbirds
Hearing Loss and Music Players
H1N1 Virus - Plan Ahead
Household Mould
Infection Control
Injury Prevention
Live Actively!
Insect Repellant
Keys to Preventing Cancer
Kids' Mental Health
Live Actively!
Low Birth Weight
Meningitis
Norovirus
Are Pesticides Safe?
Preventing Burns and Scalds
Preventing Cancer through Nutrition
Quit Smoking 101
Respiratory Infections
Seniors and STIs
Should You Immunize?
Sun Safety
Surviving Disaster
Sushi Preparation
Teens, Drugs and Driving
Travel Health Considerations
Travel Medicine 101
Travel Tips
Type 2 Diabetes Prevention
Water Smarts
Vision Damage
Water Wisdom
West Nile Disease
Whooping Cough
Workplace Alcohol Abuse
Women's Health
Full Listing with story descriptions
15 Great Reasons to Breastfeed
Anemia
Approaching Menopause
Birth Control
Breast Cancer Screening
Breast Cancer - Genetic Risks
Breast Cancer Self-Exam
Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines Changes
Breast Health
Breastfeeding Myths
Cervical Cancer Screening
Contraception
Contraception for Mature Women
Cosmetic Procedures
Cystitis
Endometriosis
Estrogen's Effect on the Brain
Fear of Fracture
Fibroids
Heart Attack
Hirsutism - Unwanted Hair
Hormone Replacement Therapy
The IUD
Menopause - What Men Should Know
Menstrual Bleeding - Abnormal
Menstrual Bleeding - Heavy
Menopause
Menstruation Myths
Menstrual Pain
Third Generation Birth Control Pills
Osteoporosis
Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian Cysts
Oral Contraction (The Pill)
Pap Test
Premenstrual Syndrome
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Sexually Transmitted Infections
Urinary Incontinence
Vaginitis
Varicose Veins
Viagra for Women
Yeast Infections
Your Pelvic Floor
Family Health Online / Pharmacy at Safeway
All Words Any Words Phrase

Women's Health Articles

15 Great Reasons to Breastfeed - Nature's design for feeding babies
It’s common knowledge that breastfeeding is best when it comes to babies. Why? It benefits both babies and moms, and even makes economic sense. Benefits for babies include lower risk of diarrhea, ear and lung infections, asthma, sudden infant death syndrome, and obesity and childhood diseases. Breastfeeding encourages the best possible brain development, leading to a higher IQ. Moms recover more quickly after delivery, have less stress, lose pregnancy weight sooner, and are less likely to get pregnant while breastfeeding. They also have less risk of heart disease, obesity, and certain types of cancer.

Abnormal Menstrual Bleeding - a problem that occurs in women of all ages
Problems with menstrual periods occur in women of all ages. They are most common in the early teens and around menopause. Abnormal menstrual bleeding is a cause of concern for patients and is a frequent complaint in the doctor's office.

Approaching Menopause - you experiencing menstrual mayhem?
Hot flushes, heavy or erratic periods, mood swings, trouble sleeping, a sudden rapid heartbeat – all can signal the approach of menopause. Many women wonder if menopause is beginning at age 45, 47, and even as young as 35. Unexpected changes may appear for a few months, then all becomes regular and predictable again. The reality is that menopause may still be anywhere from two to ten years away.

Are You Anemic? - Anemia is a common condition
Anemia can leave you feeling tired, weak, dizzy and irritable. It is very common. Almost all women in their childbearing years have anemia at least once. (Men have it much less often.) Many chronically ill people are anemic all the time. Anyone with major trauma, major surgery, or chemotherapy goes through it. Understanding how to detect and deal with anemia can help you to feel better.

The Birth Control Pill - it can make a positive difference in other health conditions
The birth control pill as a method of contraception has become more popular over the past 30 years. The birth control pill as it exists today consists, in most cases, of two hormones given together for 21 days of each month. These hormones, estrogen and progesterone, occur naturally in a woman's body. They produce the characteristics of being female.

Birth Control - what's new and what's in the news
Have you heard about new methods of contraception that recently became available in Canada? Have you read reports that some birth control methods may carry a higher risk? If you have questions about contraception, a visit to your family doctor is a great way to find out more. There, you can discuss what you have seen or heard and get reliable answers. Everyone is different, so choosing the right method of contraception is a very individual decision.

Busting Breastfeeding Myths - The facts about nursing
Most people know that breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed a baby, offering many benefits for both mother and child. While most women in Canada try to breastfeed their babies, many find it difficult and stop before they planned to do so. While information and advice about breastfeeding is available from friends, family, health professionals, books, and the Internet, much of it can be inaccurate. Knowing the difference between truth and myth can be reassuring.

Changes to Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines - What's Best for My Breast?
For decades, women have been told to schedule an annual breast exam with their doctors. Recent changes to this advice have left women wondering. Do I need a breast exam? How often? Should I do self-exams? How do I know if this lump is normal or not? What if my great aunt had breast cancer? If my friend had a mammogram at age 40, why do I not need one until I am 50?

Screening for Breast Cancer - How to do a breast self-examination
Many women worry about breast cancer, both as a concern for themselves and for the increased occurrence among women in general. Fortunately there are things individual women can do to increase the chance of early detection and cure.

Considering Breast Health - A lifetime of changes
Breasts are very important parts of a woman’s body. They are symbols of femininity, nurturing, motherhood and sexuality. They are also physiologically significant, producing milk to nourish our offspring. Throughout history and cultures, breasts have been admired and criticized. Different trends in culture still dictate what is considered the best size, shape and function. The topic of female breasts is emotionally charged. Women have strong and varied opinions about the reason for and value of their breasts.

Contraception - answers to common questions
Family planning is an important aspect of life and a basic human right. In 2003, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada brought together a group of health care professionals to update the Canadian Contraception Consensus. Here are the concensus guideline answers to commonly-asked questions about contraception.

Conquering Cystitis - Facts about bladder infection in women
If you are running to the bathroom more often than usual, feeling pressure in your lower abdomen or pain when passing urine, you may have cystitis. The bladder, urethra, ureters and kidneys make up the urinary system. Also called the urinary tract, this system produces, stores and eliminates urine. However, it is prone to infection. Such infections are called cystitis or urinary tract infections (UTIs).

Screening for Cervical Cancer - Guidelines have changed
For over 25 years, Pap smears have been used to test for cancer of the cervix. Women accept and use the test. Most now believe that they need an annual pap smear. Afterward, many women feel comfort in having done the right thing. For some, it feels almost preventive – as if having the test done will prevent cancer.

Put Your Best Face Forward - five common cosmetic procedures
The quest for clear, smooth, youthful skin is not new. For thousands of years we have used products to improve our skin. Still, compare Cleopatra and her sour milk baths to the current multi-billion dollar skincare industry. We are exposed daily to magazine ads, billboards, commercials, and now extreme makeover television promoting a youthful appearance.

Estrogen's Effect on the Brain
Estrogen is a hormone that occurs naturally in the body. Women become very familiar with the word estrogen as they learn about the beginning, middle and end of their reproductive years. Some women continue to hear about the hormone when they use it in the form of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) around the time of menopause.

Endometriosis - treating a painful problem
Endometriosis affects women in their reproductive years. It occurs from the time they first start menstruating as teens, until their periods stop at menopause. One in ten women around the world have been diagnosed with it. Endometriosis involves the female reproductive organs, as well as other sites in the body, including pelvis and abdomen. Most often, it causes chronic pelvic pain, and may lead to difficulty getting pregnant.

Fibroids - a common concern for women
Patricia is 42. She has noticed her periods are getting heavier and her bladder seems to be shrinking while her lower abdomen has enlarged. Her family doctor examined Patricia and told her she had a large fibroid on the front of her uterus. Several questions entered her mind.

Fear of Fracture - Assess your chance of having a break
For older adults, a fractured (broken) bone is more than just an inconvenience. It can mean the difference between independence and being forced to rely on others. For some, a bad break can even lead to early death. For this reason, medical and public health efforts are focusing more on preventing fractures.

Genetic Risks for Breast Cancer
Breast cancer accounts for 32 per cent of all female cancers. This is the most common cancer for women with eight per cent of women having the disease sometime in their lives. The risk of a woman dying from breast cancer is 3.6 per cent.

Could it be a heart attack? - a woman's problem too
Cardiovascular disease, which includes both heart disease and stroke, takes the lives of more of Canada’s mothers, sisters, and daughters than any other condition. What’s more, it is striking more often. Over the past 30 years, the number of deaths it caused in women rose, while dropping in men. In 2004, cardiovascular disease killed more women than men in Canada.

Heavy Menstrual Periods - what are the causes?
In ancient times, the Greeks named the uterus or womb the hustera. They attributed all women's problems to their uterus. The name forms part of the term hysterectomy, referring to the operation to remove the uterus.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
Doctors often recommend hormone replacement therapies (HRT) to women who are at or beyond the time of menopause. Understanding the benefits and risks of HRT will assist you when you discuss this issue with your doctor.

Hirsutism - When extra hair growth is a concern
If you are a woman and find yourself developing dark hair on your upper lip, chin, chest, abdomen or back, you may have a condition called hirsutism. (This is pronounced: her-shoot-ism.) In many women, dark or heavy hair growth is perfectly normal and related to ethnic background. However, it may also signal a medical condition. In the vast majority of cases, these conditions are not life threatening. However, because they indicate too much male hormone, you should discuss the hair growth with your doctor.

The IUD - an effective method of birth control
Many women use an IUD (intrauterine device) as a method of birth control. It is safe, easy to use, and relatively inexpensive. It has a low rate of side effects and a low failure rate (in other words, few women using the IUD get pregnant).

Menopause - a natural part of a woman's life
At a certain point in a woman's life, hormone changes stop the process of menstruation. This phase, called meno pause, usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 although the timing varies. Understanding this process and related changes can help a woman cope with moving into the next phase of her life.

Menopause - what men should know
Men whose partners are at or beyond the time of menopause may want to support and understand their partner as she experiences this natural process commonly called "the change of life". It is not a disease and for the most women the transition to the end of reproductive life is fairly smooth.

Managing Menopause - Should you consider bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?
At a certain point in a woman's life, hormone changes stop the process of menstruation. This phase, called meno pause, usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 although the timing varies. Understanding this process and related changes can help a woman cope with moving into the next phase of her life. Today, many myths still exist about menstruation.

Third-Generation Birth Control Pills - the "new" pill
It is hard to imagine any medication that has influenced the lives of women more than “the pill." Oral contraceptives were introduced in the early 1960s. They are now used by more than 65 million women worldwide, about six per cent of women of child-bearing age.

Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones have become thin (osteo = bone, porosis = porous). Thin bones are weak and more likely to break. Sometimes this may occur even without any apparent cause, such as a fall or a blow.

Painful Menstruation - common causes and treatments
Many women suffer from painful menstruation (dysmenorrhea) at some time in their lives. For some, it is a problem of the teenage years, while for others it comes with older age.

The Pap Test - An essential part of a woman's annual physical
A Pap test screens for changes in the cells of the cervix. Finding changes early makes it easier to catch cancer in the 'precancerous' stage and treat the condition before it becomes serious.

Premenstrual Syndrome - help is available
If you have ever suffered from premenstrual syndrome (PMS), take heart. You are one of about 70 to 90 per cent of women who have some PMS symptoms. About 10 per cent of women are affected severely enough to disrupt their lives. Although the cause of PMS is still uncertain, several measures may ease the symptoms.

Ovarian Cancer - what women must know to get help early
Until very recently, finding and treating early cancer of the ovaries seemed next to hopeless. Only a third of cases were diagnosed before the cancer spread. Thankfully, this is changing. We know much more about early symptoms and better understand who is at risk. More dependable screening is now available, with improvements still to come. With earlier detection, treatment is more effective. More women are now expected to survive ovarian cancer.

Ovarian Cysts - questions and answers
Naturally, many questions come to mind when a woman discovers she has an ovarian cyst. What is a cyst? What does it mean to have one on an ovary? Can it be harmful? How is it diagnosed? Before answering these questions, it is necessary to understand the role of the ovaries.

Screening for Breast and Cervical Cancers - it may save your life
Prevention and early detection can save lives, particularly when it comes to cancer of the breast or cervix. Many provinces encourage screening for these common women's diseases. Screening is often done in partnership with the provincial cancer board, through programs for all eligible women. What does this mean to you if you are in the eligible age groups?

Sexually Transmitted Infections - Always a concern
Since media headlines about HIV have died down, it seems that the possibility of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is less alarming to many people. Unfortunately, HIV is still around. A number of other infections also continue to cause pain, infertility, and cancer. Knowing about these infections and how to prevent them is more important than ever. Just using condoms may not be enough.

Unwanted Hair (Hirsutis) - when and how it should be treated
Body hair can be a source of pride for men and a source of shame for women. Smooth, hairless faces stare out from glossy women's magazines. Bodies that have been shaved and depilated with waxes and creams are the picture of femininity.

Urinary Incontinence
After toilet training in childhood, the thought of losing bladder control later in life is unthinkable for most people. Yet, in fact, the unthinkable is not only thinkable. It is common. This loss of bladder control is called incontinence. Thirty-five per cent of women are incontinent at some time in their adult lives and about six per cent of Canadians (over a million and a half people) suffer from this problem on a regular basis.

Is there Viagra for Women? - Talking about female sexual dysfunction
Thanks to clever advertising, most of us are now familiar with the medications Viagra® and Cialis®. Popular culture accepts that men may have difficulty with erections and sexual performance. How about the ladies? Female sexual dysfunction deserves the same attention.

Vaginitis - distressing but rarely serious
Most women have been to a doctor at least once to see about an annoying discharge from the vagina (birth canal). It may have been mild or quite severe, and may have had a foul smell or irritated the surrounding skin.

Varicose Veins - Prevention and treatment
Venous diseases, or conditions that affect the veins, trouble many people. They are a major cost to health care systems in the world. Arteries take blood from the heart to the organs and tissues of the body. Veins return blood to the heart. Veins in the legs contain a system of one-way valves to help blood move against gravity on the return journey. When those valves are damaged, varicose veins can develop.

Yeast Infections - identifying and treating this common problem
Yeast – it’s in all of us. Young or old, male or female, we all carry yeast in our bodies. Most of the time, we live peacefully with our yeast. We are not aware of its constant presence in our lives. However, sometimes yeast can grow out of control and cause unwanted problems. Sometimes, yeast takes hold in the woman’s vagina. A vaginal yeast infection results. Here are answers to some of the most common questions about vaginal yeast infections.

Your Pelvic Floor - understanding a woman's anatomy
Today there is a growing tend towards fitness and well-being, especially among women. More than ever, we are aware of the benefits of healthy diet and regular exercise. Some may exercise at home or go to a gym, while others are active in sports. You may religiously work out your arms and legs, your abdominal muscles and your buttocks. Have you ever thought about exercising those little muscles tucked around the genital region which form the pelvic floor? These muscles need to be cared for along with the rest of your body.

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