Women’s Health Resources

Resources

All information found on this page can be downloaded as a handout.

Healthcare professionals

Alberta Health Services Nutrition Services

General Health

Call 811 and ask for Dietician/Nutritionist for questions

811

Health Condition

Patients with long-term health condition can sign up for Alberta Healthy Living program. This program have access to a dietician.

1-844-527-1160

Pregnancy

Low-income families can sign up for services by Best Beginning Program. This program have access to a dietician.

403-228-8221

Diversity Liaisons

Diversity Liaisons of Alberta Health Services offer general nutrition sessions.

DiversityCalgary.ca

Women’s Health Topics

1. Breast Health

  • Breast cancer screening
  • 80% of women with breast cancer have no family history
  • 90% of women with breast cancer have no gene mutation
  • Self / clinical exam done at annual check-up
  • Affects 1 in 8 women
  • Family doctor’s referral needed for mammogram

2. Pap test

  • Cervical cancer screening
  • Sexually active women: start at 25
  • 3 years after having sex: e.g. 25+3= start at 28
  • Then once every 3 years till 69
  • Pap test: family doctor / women’s health clinics
  • Colposcopy test: family doctor’s referral needed

Consider Vaccination

  • 100% of cervical cancer are caused by HPV
  • sexual or skin-to-skin contact in genital area
  • 75% of sexually active people will get HPV
  • hide in body for years
  • vaccine is good for females: 9 – 45 ; males: 9 – 26
  • vaccine: 3 shots in 6 months

3. Sexual Health

Services these AHS clinics offer:

  • Birth control information, supplies and prescriptions
  • IUD & contraceptive implant insertions & removals
  • STI, HIV, and syphilis testing and treatment
  • Emergency contraception
  • Pregnancy testing and pregnancy options support (parenting, adoption, abortion)
  • Pap tests
  • Post-abortion check-ups
  • Care after a sexual assault

4. Obstetrics & Gynecology

  • Women’s Reproductive system consult
  • Minor surgeries
  • Hysterectomy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Abnormal periods
  • Abnormal cysts
  • Severe PMS

What is the difference between Menopause & Perimenopause?

5. Pelvic Floor

  • Bladder or bowel problems
  • Uncontrolled loss of urine
  • Treatment
  • Family doctor’s referral needed

6. Osteoporosis

  • Bone health test (bone density test)
  • Affects 1 in 4 women over 50
  • Family doctor’s referral needed

7. Colonoscopy

  • Colon Cancer screening
  • Affects 1 in 13 men, 1 in 16 women
  • Home stool test FIT at 50, once a year
  • Colonoscopy – family doctor’s referral needed

Resources

All information found on this page can be downloaded as a handout. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.


Disclaimer: This material is not a substitute for the advice of a qualified health professional. This material is intended for general information only and is provided on an “as is”, “where is” basis. Although reasonable efforts were made to confirm the accuracy of the information, Alberta Health Services does not make any representation or warranty, express, implied or statutory, as to the accuracy, reliability, completeness, applicability or fitness for a particular purpose of such information. Alberta Health Services expressly disclaims all liability for the use of these materials, and for any claims, actions, demands or suits arising from such use.  Last updated August 2022