Women's Health Archives - BC Endocrine Research Foundation

Question and Answer – with Dr. Jerilynn Prior

Question: My sister is 50 yrs. old and had a total hysterectomy, including oophorectomy, about 2 years ago. She was put on estrogen therapy (not sure of name, but was on 9 mg. per day). Her dose has recently been decreased to 3 mg. per day because she was forgetting to take her med half […]


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Menopausal Women’s Hard Decisions

Many menopausal women have abruptly stopped HRT for fear of the heart attacks, strokes, blood clots and breast cancer after publication of the large US Women’s Health Initiative Study. Now many women wake sweating, night after night, and are exhausted, and many more are worried, angry or confused. The purpose of this short piece is […]


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Question and Answer – with Dr. Jerilynn Prior

Question: I have just been reading all the BCERF information and have found it very Interesting. Do you have information on menstrual migraines? I am 51 and have had this problem for about 8 – 10 years. Thank goodness they seem to be diminishing in strength at least some of the time. They usually last […]


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What is Known: Extended Schedule Oral Contraceptives

Introduction The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a drug called Seasonale® on September 5, 2003. Media coverage before approval was already significant, and is expected to increase over the next few months. Seasonale® is a repackaging of oral contraceptive pills in a new schedule: 84 days of active pills and a seven day […]


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Wanted: Women Past Menopause to Evaluate Progresterone Therapy for Hot Flushes

We are looking for women to participate in a 4 month research study on hot flushes and blood vessel function. We are comparing natural progesterone (Prometrium®) with a placebo (dummy pill). You will keep a daily record of hot flushes during these four months. The study includes four office visits, with two assessments of your […]


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Fluid Retention During the Menstrual Cycle

Introduction I recently received a scholarship from The BC Endocrine Research Foundation (BCERF( to work as a student intern. I just graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland and this was an excellent opportunity for me to get some research experience before I started medical school in September. I spent six weeks working with the Centre […]


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A Sample of Questions and Answers from Dr. J.C. Prior’s July 23, 2002 Presentation at Vancouver Hospital

Q: Is bone loss the same thing as osteoporosis? A: There are many stages in bone loss. Ostopenia is the lesser form, but when bone density gets really low its call osteoporosis. After menopause there is natural bone loss, and if you can prevent that bone loss you can prevent osteoporosis. Q: When you talk […]


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Women’s Health Symposium November 4th 2001

I had the opportunity to attend the Women’s Midlife Health Symposium in November and thoroughly enjoyed myself. On such a dark and wet Sunday morning I was pleased to see more than 100 people turn out. Dr. Diane Finegood with the Canadian Institute of Health Research spoke about having 58% prevention of diabetes with lifestyle […]


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Research Study on Blood Vessel Function and Hot Flushes

Having hot flushes? Past menopause? No risks for heart disease? We are looking for women to participate in a 4 month research study on blood vessel function and hot flushes. The study is being run by: Dr. Jerilynn Prior Professor of Endocrinology, University of British Columbia. To participate, you must: Be menopausal (2 – 10 […]


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Perimenopause: The Ovary’s Frustrating Grand Finale

(Revised 10/2001. Adapted from telehealth conference script originally as a video, 10/1998 sponsored by the B.C. Women’s Hospital Foundation) Introduction Women in midlife increasingly hear the words “estrogen deficiency” spoken as the ultimate in bad news. “Everyone knows” that low estrogen levels cause heart disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s and frigidity. Right? But as Dr. Susan Love […]


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President: Dr. Marshall Dahl
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