Entries by Taryn

Why has my period lasted more than two weeks?

There could be many reasons, so it’s best to ask a healthcare provider, like a family doctor or one of our practitioners.

Not all reasons are a cause for concern, it could be a common side effect of having an IUD or being on hormonal birth control.

Tracking your period and symptoms on your calendar or using an app can help give your healthcare provider helpful information when you see them. Read more! “Why has my period lasted more than two weeks?”

I had sex with my girlfriend and the condom broke but she’s on the pill. Do we need Plan B?

Birth control pills are said to be 99.7% effective with perfect use (using them around the same time every day). If your partner has forgotten to take them recently, it would be a good idea to get Plan B.  Otherwise, your chances of pregnancy are incredibly low and you shouldn’t need Plan B.

If you are unsure, you can always give us a call and ask to speak with a nurse. Read more! “I had sex with my girlfriend and the condom broke but she’s on the pill. Do we need Plan B?”

Do you offer trauma therapy?

No, we don’t. We have a social worker who is trauma-aware and offers support for issues related to sexual health (like pregnancy options, stress after a positive STI diagnosis, relationship issues, sexual assault, etc.). Due to demand, she can only offer 4 to 6 sessions and can’t provide long-term counselling. If you need help finding a therapist, she could try to help you find one. Read more! “Do you offer trauma therapy?”

When is the best time to have an IUD inserted?

An IUD can be inserted at any time but we must be certain that a person is not pregnant. This means that there has been no unprotected penis-in-vagina sex the week before insertion, a reliable method of birth control has been used consistently, and there has been no missed period. Before an insert, we get a urine sample to test for pregnancy.

Our practitioners recommend trying to schedule the insertion during a person’s period because their cervix is likely to be dilated (open), making insertion easier and more comfortable, but it’s not necessary. Read more! “When is the best time to have an IUD inserted?”

COVID-19 Updates & Precautions

April 20, 2020

Moving forward we will be in the office answering calls and selling birth control with curbside pickup on Mon/Wed/Fri from 9am to 4pm. We have a few spots available for Depo Provera injections on Thursday, April 23rd so call us to book in if you need your shot within the next two weeks.

Questions can be sent to us over Facebook Messenger and we’ll do our best to answer between 9am and 4pm Mon-Fri. Read more! “COVID-19 Updates & Precautions”

Why is a person told not to smoke pot for 36 hours after a surgical termination?

Currently, many doctors recommend to avoid smoking (marijuana or cigarettes) after surgery because it may cause more bleeding, increase the risk of infection, and take longer to heal. While many people may use marijuana to manage pain, research on the effects of marijuana use in the medical field is still limited. It’s also possible that marijuana may interact with the anesthetic (drugs used during surgery) so doctors advise being cautious.