All about PCOS

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, affects 1.4 million women in Canada. It’s the most common endocrine disorder experienced by women of childbearing age. Although no specific cause has been identified, it always exists alongside a hormonal imbalance. Whether you’ve suspected that you have PCOS, or are looking for more clarity on how to manage symptoms, you’re in the right place. … Read More

The key to maintaining healthy vaginal flora

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When something is off “down there”, it can feel uncomfortable, embarrassing and downright inconvenient. But the truth is, the majority of people with vaginas will experience vaginal imbalances at some point in their lives. Occasional imbalances are totally normal, be it in the form of a urinary tract infection (UTI), a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis (BV). But if these … Read More

Navigating and understanding different methods of birth control

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When it comes to choosing a form of birth control, the options can seem overwhelming. Birth control has evolved greatly over the years to include a number of both hormonal and non-hormonal options to suit every preference and lifestyle. But with choice come questions, so let’s take a closer look! How does birth control work? There are two main forms … Read More

The lowdown on menstrual hygiene

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Menstruation has historically been somewhat of a taboo topic, something only whispered about amongst friends or through bathroom stalls. This has led many women to grow up unfamiliar with their bodies and how to care for them, especially during menstruation. This is completely natural but the more you know, the better you will be able to enjoy your period and … Read More

Going with the flow: Practicing mindful menstruation

Aunt Flo, shark week, the Red River, that time of the month. These are all terms you might be familiar with if you’re a menstruator. For many of us, periods can be a painful, messy, and annoying monthly occurrence. They can make us feel bloated, easily irritated, and overall uncomfortable. This might be why we don’t talk more openly about … Read More

How to sleep soundly during menopause

Many of the symptoms attributed to menopause are indicators that your hormones, particularly estrogen, are declining. These dropping estrogen levels can affect your sleep by causing night sweats, anxiety and depression, and increase the prevalence of primary sleep conditions such as restless leg syndrome. All of these factors can lead to disrupted and poor quality sleep – but don’t despair! … Read More

Is your period causing anemia?

Anemia is a common condition today, and menstruating women are especially at risk for low iron stores. When you have anemia, your red bleed cell count is lower than normal, which can cause symptoms such as fatigue and lead to other health issues. Heavy periods can contribute to higher iron loss and worsen anemia. By taking a holistic approach using … Read More

Dealing with Painful Period Cramps?

It’s that time of month again, PMS and painful period cramps. Maybe you spend a day or two with a hot water bottle on the couch, or maybe you’re able to fight through it; we know, some months are just tougher than others. Menstruation and the pain that accompanies it, is the result of a complex set of biochemical reactions … Read More

Managing Menopausal Acne

Say it ain’t so! Are you experiencing both menopause and acne at the same time? If you thought acne was associated with adolescence, you’re partly right. The type of acne likely to occur during puberty as well as during menopause is known as hormonal acne, and as the name suggests, it is linked with hormone fluctuations. Read on for what … Read More

Estrogen Throughout a Woman’s Life Stages

Estrogen Throughout a Woman’s Life Stages

As women, we’re abundantly aware that our bodies go through countless changes during the course of our lives. We also know that hormones play an essential role in those changes at each stage of life — from puberty, right through to post-menopause. FYI – a hormone is likened to a “chemical message communicator” to and from all the body’s cells. … Read More