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Dr. Kam Shojania

Dr. Kam Shojania

MD, FRCPC
Rheumatologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

What are DMARDs?

A:

DMARDs are a class of drugs that are used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, and the most common drug used is called methotrexate. The acronym stands for Disease-Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs. DMARDs serve to slow down the progression of your rheumatoid arthritis, and it's important to start treatment as soon as you're diagnosed. By treating your symptoms with these drugs, you can experience improvements in function and life expectancy.

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Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Dr. Sabrina Gill

Dr. Sabrina Gill

MD, MPH, FRCPC
Endocrinologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

How is high testosterone treated in women?

A:

Women who have PCOS often have excess testosterone in their bodies. Birth control pills can cause the ovaries to decrease their testosterone production, and there are also drugs that can block the effect that testosterone has on the body. If you are dealing with unwanted hair growth, you may benefit from laser treatments or creams to the affected area, and there are creams that can help with acne. Ask your doctor about the best treatment plan for you.

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Treating High Testosterone Levels From PCOS

Dr. Tasha Bienert

Dr. Tasha Bienert

MD, Family Practice
Family Doctor
Vancouver, BC
Q:

What are my chances of getting pregnant if I'm not using birth control?

A:

It is almost impossible to predict whether you will get pregnant if you are not using birth control but are sexually active. Generally speaking, approximately 85 out of 100 women will get pregnant if they have unprotected intercourse for one year. Since the pregnancy rate is so high, it is strongly recommended that you consider your birth control options before becoming sexually active if you are not trying to get pregnant.

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Birth Control and Preventing Sexually Transmitted Diseases