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How can you prevent STIs?
How can you prevent STIs?
Over 60% of Canadians report never having STI testing, which means there are a lot of people walking around who may not know their status. Even if you’re in a monogamous relationship and don’t have a number…

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How many sexual partners is “too many”?
How many sexual partners is “too many”?
Sex is a personal thing. Everyone has different tastes, desires, and hang-ups. Some have one sexual partner for their entire lives, while others see lovers come and go. Despite this wide range of “normal,” many feel like they…

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Are cold sores the same as herpes?
Are cold sores the same as herpes?
As annoying as they are, cold sores are thankfully benign. Also known as “fever blisters,” cold sores result from a common viral infection that causes small blisters to emerge around your lips. After breaking, the blisters form scabs…

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I have ovarian cysts, does that mean I have PCOS?
I have ovarian cysts, does that mean I have PCOS?
If you’ve ever heard of or experienced ovarian cysts, you might immediately think they have something to do with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and vice versa. The two, however, aren’t exactly the same thing.  If you’ve…

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How do I know if I have premature ejaculation?
How do I know if I have premature ejaculation?
You may find the idea of premature ejaculation embarrassing, but if you experience it, you’re definitely not alone. Premature ejaculation is likely the most prevalent form of sexual dysfunction out there. But while it may be common,…

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Do I have a urinary tract infection (UTI)?
Do I have a urinary tract infection (UTI)?
UTIs are the most common bacterial infection in women. Here in Canada, women make about 500,000 trips to the doctor’s office every year because of them. But women aren’t the only ones who experience UTIs. Men, children,…

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The facts about birth control pills in Canada
The facts about birth control pills in Canada
Birth control pills are a form of round-the-clock contraception. You only need to take one pill once a day to be protected from unwanted pregnancy. Birth control pills can also help with certain health conditions. As with any birth control…

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What’s the best birth control for treating PCOS?
What’s the best birth control for treating PCOS?
What is PCOS? PCOS or polycystic ovary syndrome is a hormonal imbalance that affects your menstrual cycle. Women who have PCOS tend to have high levels of androgens, which are hormones that cause male characteristics like facial hair growth…

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How to keep your penis healthy and strong
How to keep your penis healthy and strong
You only get one penis, and like every other part of the body, it needs to be taken care of. Not just to safeguard your sex life, but to ensure good overall health. Luckily, figuring out how to keep your…

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HIV and AIDS: causes, symptoms, prevention, and treatment
HIV and AIDS: causes, symptoms, prevention, and treatment
Learning that you’re HIV positive can be devastating, but with proper treatment, you can live a long and healthy life. There are a number of drugs available to help you manage your health and infection status. In spite…

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