Women’s Health Resources

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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.