What is considered day 1 of my cycle?
Cycle day 1 is the first day of flow, not necessarily the heaviest flow. Spotting doesn’t count. Click here to learn more about the monthly ovulation cycle.

Who should be vaccinated with Gardasil (HPV vaccine)?
The target group recommended for vaccination are girls and boys between the ages of 12 – 26 years. In Manitoba, Gardasil is paid for by the provincial government for girls and boys age 12 (grade 6 or 7). Contact your family physician, pediatrician or gynecologist to arrange for vaccination. 3 Vaccines are required within a 6 month time frame.

How often do I need a PAP smear?
It is recommended that routine pap screening should occur every 3 years for women in Manitoba above 18 years of age, or sooner if sexually active.

When should I have a mammogram and how often?
In Manitoba, regular screening is offered to women, beginning at 50 years of age. If you have a family history of breast cancer, a mammogram may be done earlier. All women should perform regular self breast exams and report any changes to their physician.

Where can I get reliable advice during my pregnancy?
The Motherisk Program at the Hospital for Sick Children provides up-to-date information about the risk and safety of medications and other exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Research and education in the program is also an important ongoing activity. Click here to learn more.