Women's Health

Amenorrhea (Absent Periods)

Overview Symptoms Causes Prescription Health Tips A normal menstrual cycle involves complex hormonal interactions that stimulate the ovaries to produce and release estrogen, progesterone and ova (eggs). The full cycle typically lasts 21 to 35 days, with the first day of menstruation marking the first day of the cycle. The absence of periods is called … Read More

Anemia

Overview Symptoms Causes Prescription Health Tips Anemia is a condition where the number of red blood cells, or the amount of hemoglobin they carry, is low. A reduction in either hinders the body’s ability to transfer oxygen to the lungs and other areas of the body. Anemia can be easily determined by a simple blood … Read More

Fibrocystic Breast (Cyclic Mastalgia)

Overview Symptoms Causes Prescription Health Tips Fibrocystic breasts, also called cystic mastitis, is a common, non-cancerous condition that is no longer considered a disease. Breasts are a mixture of fat, glands and connective tissue so their texture is always irregular. Over 60 percent of women experience fibrocystic breasts at some point in their lives. Most … Read More

Menorrhagia (Heavy Menstrual Bleeding)

Overview Symptoms Causes Prescription Health Tips A normal menstrual cycle should occur every 28 days plus or minus seven days (21-35 days). With the duration of flow between two to seven days, with a volume loss of less than 80 mL or less than five tablespoons. Menorrhagia is menstrual bleeding that lasts more than seven … Read More

Dysmenorrhea (Painful Menstruation)

Overview Symptoms Causes Prescription Health Tips Dysmenorrhea, or painful menstruation, is one of the most common menstrual complaints. When menstrual cramps occur each month, and are not due to any underlying condition this is known as primary dysmenorrhea. Around 60 percent of Canadian women who menstruate will experience primary dysmenorrhea at some point in their … Read More

Ovarian Cancer

Overview Symptoms Causes Testing and Diagnoses Prescription Health Tips Ovarian cancer is the fifth most diagnosed cancer among women in Canada. Known as the silent killer, vague symptoms make this cancer difficult to detect even while it continues invading other tissues. Ovarian cancer is more common in women who have gone through menopause, and it … Read More

Urinary Tract Infections and Interstitial Cystitis

Overview Symptoms Causes Prescription Health Tips Urinary tract infections (UTIs) refer to infections of the urethra, bladder, and kidneys that are caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, and a variety of parasites. They occur in both men and women, but adult women experience these infections twice as often as men due to the proximity of the … Read More

Vaginal Yeast Infections

Overview Symptoms Causes Prescription Health Tips Seventy-five percent of women will experience at least one vaginal yeast infection during their lives; forty percent will have more than one infection, and five percent will have four or more infections in a year. Yeast infections are more common in women of childbearing age and pregnant women; however, … Read More

Osteoporosis

Overview Symptoms Causes Prescription Health Tips Osteoporosis (low bone density or diminished bone building) affects almost 200 million people worldwide and over 80 percent are women. One in four women and one in eight men have osteoporosis.┬áPeople typically reach maximum bone mass in their early to mid 20s. After about 30 years of age, bone … Read More

Stretch Marks

Overview Symptoms Causes Prescription Health Tips Stretch marks are scars that develop during a period of sudden, rapid growth or weight gain, which causes the skin to stretch and become thin. This compromises the integrity of collagen and elastin fibres in the middle layer of skin. When stretch marks first appear they tend to be … Read More