We’re excited to have brought you a free, virtual series on women’s health! Education is empowerment and we encourage you to join these conversations on topics of interest to women. The series ran from April to June and featured three webinars (and one bonus webinar) with grateful patients and remarkable health care professionals who are committed to advancing women’s health in our community.
These are not your typical dinner conversations and we are challenging everyone to get comfortable with the uncomfortable!
With Dr. Fiona Mattatall, General Obstetrician and Gynecologist.
It’s going to happen… so let’s talk about all things perimenopause and menopause. Perimenopause is the time in a woman’s life that comes right before menopause and is often misunderstood by women and their families. We were joined by Dr. Fiona Mattatall in a free virtual health webinar, for some real talk about the hot flashes, the sleepless nights and everything in between.
Here are some of the resources mentioned by Dr. Mattatall during the webinar and what we mentioned in the chatbox:
Calgary Well Woman Clinic: Women physicians caring for women with many services provided. All physicians are certified by the North American Menopause Society.
Dr. Jen Gunter: OB/GYN and a pain medicine physician. Author of the Vagina Bible and the Menopause Manifesto. You can also watch her TED Talk on what really happens to your body during menopause here.
Menopause and U: Facts of menopause from Canada’s experts with possible therapies and health concerns.
Menopause.org: The North American Menopause Society promoting women’s health at midlife and beyond. They offer perimenopause signs and symptoms, menopause tools, and have experts answer your FAQs.
Women’s Health Concerns – Migraine and HRT: Offer a factsheet from the British Menopause Society on Migraines and HRT.
Daily Perimenopause Diary: Mentioned by someone in our chatbox! A tool from the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research (CeMCOR) to help women track and understand their experiences during perimenopause.
With Dr. Verena (Vreni) Kuret and Dr. Eliana Castillo, moderated by Belinda Fox.
With expanded eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines, there is a lot of discussion about the benefits and risks, especially for pregnant women, new moms, or women considering having a baby. We covered YOUR QUESTIONS surrounding COVID vaccines and women’s health, including long-term effects on fertility, breast milk, how this may impact your baby at every trimester, and more. Here are some resources that were mentioned:
firstname.lastname@example.org: Mentioned by Dr. Kuret and Dr. Castillo, their email address is now up and running for participants interested in research and as a general email to get hold of the ReproID Team.
V-Safe Registry/ About V-Safe: A smartphone-based tool as mentioned by Dr. Kuret and Dr. Castillo that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
COVERED Vaccine Study: Coming soon, a registry for pregnant & lactating individuals. It will provide individuals from anywhere in Canada who have been pregnant during the year 2021 or are currently breastfeeding will be invited to register to take part in the COVERED vaccine study. Participants do not have to have already received a COVID-19 vaccine, nor do they need to intend to receive the vaccine.
CDC: What you need to know about COVID-19 vaccines while pregnant or breastfeeding.
ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists): Medical Experts asserting that COVID vaccines do not impact fertility.
From Immunize BC: On menstruation and COVID-19 vaccines.
From Global News: More on COVID-19 vaccines and irregular menstrual cycles.
With Dr. Shunaha Kim-Fine, MD, MSc, FRCSC and Belinda Fox
With Dr. Lisa Gagnon and Nurse Practitioner Courtney
Thank you for being a part of the engaging conversations and we really appreciate your participation. Read Courtney’s Story of Hope to learn more about her story and the treatment she received at the Women’s Mental Health Clinic! Here are some of the resources and links mentioned by Dr. Lisa Gagnon:
Women’s Mental Health Clinic: Offers psychiatric assessment and treatment for women during pregnancy and for up to one year after they give birth.
Mother To Baby: Confidential information on the use of medication during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Together All: Online peer-to-peer support community for your mental health.
Alberta Family Wellness Initiative: Information on Adverse Childhood Effect (ACE) and the Brain Story.
Postpartum Support International: Direct peer support to families, train professionals, and provide a bridge to connect them. Provide help for dads as well.
Perinatal Mental Health Physician Resource sheet: This information is intended for physicians caring for pregnant and postpartum women in the Calgary area. If you are a patient, please speak with your physician for more information.
More information on the Shoppers Run For Women and sign up here.
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