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The pill: is it really your best birth control option?
The birth control pill fundamentally changed the way we approach reproductive health. It is both safe and 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy (with perfect use), but despite its many benefits, the pill isn’t…
Vaginal health 101: what’s really going on “down there”?
Our bodies are designed to keep themselves healthy (for the most part). When we eat well, get enough exercise and sleep, and limit our alcohol intake, we’re helping our bodies function at their best. So when our bodies…
Mastitis: don’t let it ruin your breastfeeding journey
Fever, chills, and radiating breast pain are just some of the symptoms of mastitis. About 20 percent of lactating women get mastitis, and to make matters worse, it’s most likely to happen in…
Why erectile dysfunction is even worse than you think
You’re not alone. Almost 50 percent of Canadian men over 40 deal with erectile dysfunction (ED) at some point. Medications to treat it are readily available and easily dispensed, but it’s worth taking…
Constantly hungry but losing weight? Your thyroid might be to blame
Unintended weight loss and a reduced need for sleep are high on most of our wish lists. But as symptoms of overactive thyroid, these aren’t the blessings they may seem…
The lowdown on STDs…or is it STIs?
Whatever the sex ed curriculum where you live, we’ve all (hopefully) managed to get the basics. Most Canadians are clear on how to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. What’s less clear is the terminology we’re supposed to be…
Should you be vaping instead of smoking?
We all know smoking is bad. Cigarettes cause multiple different types of cancers and are responsible for more than seven million deaths a year worldwide. Despite this, almost five million Canadians…
Is celiac disease a sign we should all be living gluten-free?
Gluten-free products exploded onto the marketplace a few years ago and they’ve become big business. While this has deepened awareness of celiac disease for some people, others roll their eyes at what they see as just another dietary…
5 tips to help you fall asleep tonight (and every night after)
If you’re one of the millions of Canadians grappling with falling and staying asleep, then this blog’s for you. We’ve already covered the reasons why sleep is important and what the