birth control

October 8, 2019

How stress can influence your fertility

Could stress really prevent you from getting pregnant? Stress, depression and anxiety are described as common consequences of infertility. While stress alone doesn’t necessarily cause infertility, it can push a person toward unhealthy behaviours. These unhealthy behaviours can affect your fertility.
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May 13, 2019

Struggling to fall pregnant? It could be an ovarian cyst

Ovarian cysts are more common than you realize. Often, they don’t present with symptoms, but sometimes they can create a lot of trouble – including infertility.
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Women's Health
January 5, 2018

Stopped The Pill? Here’s why you’re not menstruating.

Maybe you’ve decided it’s time to have a baby. Or, you just want to go off contraception. When you go off the pill, you expect your menstrual cycle to get back to normal; but what happens when your cycle doesn’t start? Post-pill amenorrhea This is a fancy way of saying that many women experience a delay of menstruation after stopping the birth control pill. You could also experience spotting, or a much lighter flow during your period. It might carry on this way for up to six months. In most cases, the effect is temporary and your cycle may return…
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Birth Control
July 18, 2017

The basics of birth control

Today, there are more options than ever to prevent pregnancy – and stay sexually safe. With guidance from your doctors and the many options to choose from, you can go for a birth control of your choice that will fit your budget and lifestyle. The job of birth control is to keep the sperm and egg apart during sexual intercourse. Here’s what you need to know about the most popular methods. Remember, contraceptives don’t protect you from sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS. So, it’s still a good idea to always use a condom as well. Method How it works Good…
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Men's HealthSexual Health
September 17, 2016

Vasectomy – Is it for you?

The thought of surgery involving the scrotum is enough to instil fear in even the bravest man. But if you have completed your family, a vasectomy is a worthwhile consideration. If this is you, here are your most common questions, answered. (more…)
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Sexual Health
August 22, 2016

The bad advice you need to question

“I heard from my second cousin’s friend that you can’t get an STD from…” STOP! This is like a terribly-played game of broken telephone – the original information may have been incorrect from the beginning, or lost down the line; unconfirmed “advice” can be very dangerous. If you thought these statements were facts, read this very carefully. (more…)
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Food & nutrition
November 6, 2015

How birth control pills affect your weight

Wondering what’s going on? Do those jeans you used to look great in, just seem too tight now? No longer feeling confident enough to wear your bikini this summer? If you’re on a birth control pill, you’re probably asking yourself: “Is my contraception making me gain weight?” (more…)
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Birth Control
July 24, 2015

Side-effects from birth control pills

If you're young, healthy and don't smoke, it's unlikely you'll have serious side effects from birth control pills. Some women do however, experience side effects...let's take a look at the more common ones and what can be done. (more…)
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Birth Control
January 13, 2015

Contraception 101 by Dr Lynelle Hoeks

This is my first blog post in a series of 4 on contraception – so yes, there’s clearly a lot of important information you need to know. First things first; whether this topic is unchartered territory, or whether you’re wondering if your current contraceptive is still suitable for you, choosing a contraceptive method can be confusing and daunting. Each time I counsel someone on selecting a method that’s appropriate for them, I’m reminded of just how many factors influence their choice. From family support (or none), cultural beliefs, cost and access to health services, to ease of use and preconceived…
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