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Dr. Elise Balaisis

Dr. Elise Balaisis

MD, FRCPC
Family Doctor
Vancouver, BC
Q:

How is the decision made to use forceps during labour and delivery?

A:

The decision to use forceps is usually a joint decision between the doctor and the patient.

If it is something that is medically necessary, in that the baby is in distress and has to come out immediately, this is the quickest and safest route.  Your physician will make this decision based on the need to have the baby delivered quickly.

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The Use of Forceps in Child Birth

Dr. John Watterson

Dr. John Watterson

MD, FRCPC,
Rheumatologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis?

A:

The symptoms of osteoarthritis can vary amongst individuals, however the typical signs include pain and stiffness in the joints. As the disease develops, this can cause a loss of mobility in the joints and dexterity of the hands. If you are having symptoms consistent with osteoarthritis, visit your family physician to have these assessed.

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Symptoms and Treatment of Osteoarthritis

Dr. Vivien Brown

Dr. Vivien Brown

MD,CM, CCFP, FCFP, NCMP
Family Doctor
Toronto, ON
Q:

Does my risk of blood clots change the longer I stay on the pill?

A:

There is a slightly higher chance of blood clots while taking birth control pills, however the overall risk is still considered quite low. The risk appears greatest in the first year of taking the pill, or if you stop the pill for more than a month and then start taking it again. If you are in a pattern of starting and stopping the pill frequently, you may wish to review your birth control options with your doctor.

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Rare Risks with Birth Control Pills