Many people who work and live in the London, Ontario area may know Dr. Cathy Frank as the experienced and smiling physician who works at the SOFT (Southern Ontario Fertility Technologies) fertility clinic. Many people, especially those in fertility medicine, may also know her as former Chief of the OB/GYN department at St. Thomas Hospital and the challenging path that she took to become a doctor.
However, in colouring a profile of Dr. Frank, what’s often left out of her character description is another particularly remarkable quality of hers – namely, her belief that all responsible, caring couples deserve the right to conceive a child, regardless of their sexual orientation. Many people in her community may not be aware that Dr. Frank is well-known in the gay and lesbian circles for her acceptance and her belief that all couples, regardless if they are same sex or not, deserve full medical access and the right to conceive and raise a child. Dr. Frank is candid about her open, welcoming attitude, and she does not shy away from the fact that she is equally accepting of transgender couples.
We sat down with Dr. Cathy Frank to discuss her relationship as a fertility doctor to gay and lesbian couples and where her values and acceptance stem from.
Thank you very much, Dr. Frank, for taking the time to speak with us.
Dr. Cathy Frank: Absolutely, it’s my pleasure.
You may already know that you as a doctor, as well as the SOFT clinic, have become fairly well-known for your acceptance of same sex couples as patients. Do you know if most other fertility clinics share your same attitude?
Dr. Cathy Frank: To be honest, I can’t comment on whether or not other clinics share our view. I know that the ability for same sex couples to receive help from fertility clinics is becoming easier, which is truly a blessing to hear. But, at the same time, I also know as a physician that a lot of work still needs to be done to make sure that these couples are treated no differently than everyone else when it comes to medical access.
Based on my understanding, as a physician, you have always had a very accepting view of different sexual orientations and are not afraid to defend and uphold the medical rights of gay and lesbians. Is there any particular reason you can ascribe to your attitude?
Dr. Cathy Frank: You know, I don’t think my views can be attributed to any one particular reason or explanation. And to be honest, I haven’t given it a whole lot of thought. I’ve never had any issues with people who have different sexual orientations. And the idea that there would be some moral problem because a same sex couple wants to have a child is, in my mind, absurd. Regardless if the couple is the same sex or not, if both partners in the relationship are responsible and are able to love and take care of a child – that’s what counts, not whether or not they’re of a different sex.
Do you think this view of yours has something to do with your upbringing?
Dr. Cathy Frank: Yes, you know I think so. As a child, my parents taught methat everyone deserves to be treated with the same amount of respect and understanding, regardless of how different they are or seem. And I think I’ve carried that basic philosophy with me throughout my adulthood.
I mentioned in another article that another reason why I do not judge same sex couples, or transgenders for that matter, is that when I was pregnant with my first child, which happened when I was quite young, I was the object of prejudice several times, and that stuck with me. I never would want to make a patient of mine feel the way I felt when people were casting judgment on me when I was pregnant.
That’s very interesting. Is there anything you can provide that will give the readers a better understanding of just how frequently you help same sex couples conceive?
Dr. Cathy Frank: Well, at the risk of misstating some facts, I can’t comment on frequency. But, I do know that the SOFT clinic, which is where I’m working at currently, has assisted slightly over 700 same sex couples. The most common are female couples, though we have also helped male couples. As you may know, it’s more difficult for male couples to have a child, primarily because they have to find a willing female surrogate. But, helping male couples is possible and we have done it before.
Thank you very much, Dr. Frank, this has been very informative. Are there any other closing comments you would like to make?
Dr. Cathy Frank: You’re welcome, and yes, I just want to say how excited I am to be working in fertility medicine. Obstetrics and delivering babies has always been my passion, from day one of being a doctor. But, giving patients, regardless if they’re same sex or not, renewed hope in being able to conceive a child – that’s just as special. I love giving new hope to couples and I look forward to doing it for many more years to come.
There is much to be said when it comes to both the value and success rate of vasectomy surgeries. For couples who do want to have any more children and who do not want to continue the use of other forms of birth control, a vasectomy can be a fairly simple and effective birth control alternative. For those not familiar with the procedure, in a vasectomy operation, the vasa deferentia of the patient, which are the tubes used to carry sperm to the seminal stream, are severed, tied or sealed, which effectively renders the male patient infertile.
Here’s the good news about vasectomy procedures. They take as little as 20 to 30 minutes to perform; they can be done either by a urologist or family doctor; and in most cases, the procedure only results in mild discomfort or swelling in the patient that lasts a day or two. The not so good news, however, is that vasectomy procedures permanently sterilize the male patient, a fact that every medical practitioner should communicate to every patient who’s considering having a vasectomy done.
With that said, a caveat has to be made when communicating the permanent effect of a vasectomy procedure. As it were, a vasectomy procedure can be reversed and a male patient can return to being fertile.
Performing a vasectomy reversal involves reconnecting the vasa deferentia that were cut during the vasectomy procedure. Sounds simple enough. Unfortunately, the physical nature of these vasa deferentia makes the surgery incredibly tricky. Think of tiny wet noodles and you’ll have an accurate idea of what vasa deferentia are like. Now think of trying to successfully reattach these vasa deferentia so that they are functioning again by carrying sperm to the seminal stream. Not easy. Indeed, asuccessful vasectomy reversal procedure often requires a much more trained and experienced surgeon. The success of this procedure is significantly improved by using an operating microscope that magnifies structures from five to forty times their actual size.
Dr. Victor Mak is the current Chief of Urology at Mackenzie Health in Richmond Hill, Ontario. With over ten years of experience as a urologist, he also happens to provide a guiding voice on the topic of vasectomy reversals. He advises that while the use of the micro surgical vasectomy reversal technique can be highly successful in restoring a man’s fertility, the success rate is not 100%. Dr. Mak also highlights a second point that’s important to consider in a patient’s decision process when it comes to having a vasectomy reversal: the success rate of a vasectomy reversal steadily declines as more time passes following the original vasectomy operation.
Dr. Mak neatly encapsulates what vasectomy patients should consider, “I’ve always advised my patients that they really need to think about what they truly want as far as family planning, both in the short and long term, before having a vasectomy. Yes, a vasectomy can be reversed. But,a patient needs to know that reversing a vasectomy is more complicated and the success cannot be guaranteed. So, just because a vasectomy can be reversed doesn’t mean that the decision to have the operation should be any less thought out and carefully considered.”
Dr. Victor Mak is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Urologic Surgery. He has a Masters of Science degree in Molecular Genetics from the University of Toronto, and is a Clinician Investigator with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Mak is one of only a handful of urologists in Canada with formal post-graduate fellowship training in the subspecialty field of male reproduction, andrology/sexual function and microsurgery of the genito-urinary tract. He has published widely in major international clinical and basic science journals. Dr. Mak is Consultant Urologist for Mon Sheong Long Term Care Facility and is Chief of Urology, Department of Surgery, at Mackenzie Health in Richmond Hill.
Children love to play in water no matter the season. Bath time is filled with giggling, smiling and splashing. The sensation of water on their skin, the sprinkles, the bubbles and the waves, all excite them. Without proper training, the water can be dangerous for children. Swimming lessons keep children who love the water safe and confident. Beyond that, swim training is beneficial to children's health. Rain or shine, swimming is one exercise that keeps you and your children active and burns excess calories in a very short span of time. Many pediatricians suggest and encourage parents to find a swim institute for regular training to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle among other children.
As the 4th most popular sporting activity, swimming is known for its rapid results when practiced regularly.
Obesity - America's children are losing the battle with obesity. Our fast paced lifestyle often leaves them with frequent fast food dinners and few opportunities to exercise enough to offset such meals. Obesity has become common among our kids and obese kids grow into obese adults. Swimming is an excellent remedy and kids embrace every chance to swim they can get. Calories burn faster as every part of the body is involved in the process of swimming and the resistance of the water provides a low impact workout. Swimming can keep your child fit and lean.
Asthma - Asthma is another common ailment among American children. It often starts at an early age and prevents children from the very exercise that they need. To combat asthma, swim lessons are often beneficial as breathing techniques can improve lung function. Asthma attacks can happen at any moment and are known to grow worse with each occurrence. Registering for our Sugarland swim program can help prevent the attacks along with medication and improved overall health.
Strength - Year after year the American Academy of Pediatrics reports that our children are weaker and less and less fit. They are either under-weight, not as strong as children of the same age or obese as addressed above. Swimming in the development and building muscles. It makes your child more flexible and agile by strengthening the tissues and supporting bones with strong muscles. Fit bodies are resistant to injury and fight diseases and even common viruses for better health overall.
Body shape - The shape of our bodies is a direct reflection of how we maintain them. Swimming is an excellent activity to give our bodies an attractive strong shape. It broadens and strengthens the shoulder structure and improves posture which protects our bones as we age. Children in regular swim training typically enjoy these benefits to the body shape and stature.
Safety - Apart from above heath issues, safety is yet another major reason for learning swimming. Statistics have proved that drowning is one of the most common causes of death, especially among children. Without warning, children may play near a pond or a pool without supervision. Unless they are trained in how to stay afloat and the tactics to save themselves or someone else, tragedy is imminent. Preparation is the key to prevent such a disaster.
The social benefits of swimming make it a great fit for children of all personalities. While learning to work together, children in swim training are also rewarded for individual achievement. They learn to cheer each other on as, one by one, they conquer their fear of the water and begin to master navigating it with ease. Your child will learn discipline, patience and foster a healthy competitive spirit as an athletic swimmer that will benefit them far beyond the waters. As their concentration and coordination skills grow, the benefits of regular swimming will be evident in the ways they become more able to relax. Regular exercise, like swimming, causes children to be less moody and more serene. It also allows your child to enjoy other recreational activities like surfing, kayaking, snorkeling and so on. On hot and humid summer days, swimming is an excellent way to cool down. If you take your child camping, both of you can have fun playing in lake. This is one activity that your kids will most certainly continue for a lifetime. There is no better way to promote safety, healthy, and a lifetime of fitness in your children.
These and many more are such good reasons to swim. With swim training you can harness an existing love for water play and turn it into skills that will keep your children safe, healthy and confident in the water, and in life.
The burgeoning demand of tanning is gaining huge popularity. People who have pale whitish skin colour are more inclined to take this tanning season than other. Now days, people are prone to get a flattering sun kissed tone on their body. Before the advent of spray tan in London, people of that place used to reliant on direct sun rays. But, presently people are not depending on the natural process of getting tanned as it directly damage skin and increase the risk of skin a cancer.
Report of a London based dermatological centre:
· Fatal consequences of taking sun bath
One famous dermatological centre of London published a report about the possible damages of sun tanning. They showed in their report that there are mainly two forms of ultraviolet rays, UVA and UVB. These both rays affect to the skin badly. Freckles, heat rashes, dehydrated skin and wrinkles are the inevitable outcome n skin due to sun heat. The report also depicted that taking sun bath in regular basis gradually lead to skin cancer. And, the report also showed that, there are many people of London are suffering with these fatal consequences.
· Recommended step:
Dermatologists recommend people to take the artificial and effective process, spray tan in London. There are many people who prefer self-tanning but it is recommended to avail this service from beauty salon. A popular salon is a centre of expert beauticians so they can provide this service with more dexterity.
Tan in a booth:
Tanning season in salon is always provided from booth. Tan-booth is a separate place where spray machine are set. Beauticians take the people to the booth and before that they ask them to wear bikini or any shorts. Next they show their client to stand on the exact position. After that, they apply some creams on the area that is not supposed to get tanned. And, after this process, beautician starts the spray machine. This total process takes hardly 20 to 30 minutes to complete.
Precautions after taking spray tan in London:
There are several steps to retain the dark shade.
· Exfoliation is the first step that needs to be done before taking spray tan in London.
· One should not apply any kinds of lotions and creams before the season.
· One should avoid using any lotion before talking this service.
· One should not wear any extra clothes and jewellery during the service.
· Taking shower is one of the important things that need to be considered after this process. One should wait to take bath for at least 4 to 6 hours after the season. And, also should avoid such activities that cause sweating.
· Application of lotion helps to enhance the glow of the shade. So, for that one needs to apply lotion after this process.
· One should wear loose clothes after the process. As the shade is artificial so it might get rubbed out from body.
So, with these varied knowledge of tanning one may achieve the best flawless result over their body.
Summary: Spray tan in London is one of the most popular processes and most desired by the native of the place. This process helps to achieve beautiful golden colour over skin. But, there are some important things that one should know before taking this season
Thermal therapies are not dependent on the season and it can be done throughout the year irrespective of the prevailing weather conditions. As the name suggests, thermal spa therapy is based on the idea of alternating hot and cold cycles. It is followed by complete body relaxation. Thermal spa has greater benefits that one could think of. It provides relaxation to the body, improves on sleep quality, eradicate toxins, kindles the immune system, relax muscle tensions and last but not the least throws in the overall health and well being of the body.
Spa Montréal is a recommended place to get this thermal spa therapy done and get a great thermal experience. It offers numerous hot and cold treatments thus, offers you a great chance to experience the health benefits associated with this traditional spa therapy. The alternative hot and cold treatments are so designed to gently restore vitality and balance to your body.
Thermal Experience Embraces:
It features rooms of varying temperatures that not only helps in revitalizing your body but also deals with several health benefits as mentioned. Some of the experiences that thermal spa incorporates are:
- Finnish saunas
- Steam room
- Rasul mud chamber
- Child water
- Outdoor whirpools
- Nordic and thermal baths
- Eucalyptus steam bath
- Thermal and Nordic waterfalls
- Relaxation areas with fireplaces
Whether its spring, autumn, summer or winter season, outdoor whirpools are a great way to freshen up your mind, body and soul. With this outdoor spa you can have a complete relaxation experience. Filled with warm water, these outdoor whirpools have healing and relaxing effects and the benefits of warm water have been known since years now. One can enjoy the wellness of a hot tub.
Nordic and Thermal Baths:
These baths are ancestral relaxation ways that swaps cold and hot waters. This is one of the best ways to enjoy complete benefits of thermal therapy. One must go over the cold and hot relaxation sequence around three to four times. There are several advantages associated with Nordic baths:
- It helps in restoring skin elasticity and tone
- Removal of toxins
- Nordic baths motivates the cardiac system
- Improves circulation
- Strengthens immune system by enhancing the production of white blood cells in the body
- Liberates tension and stress
Eucalyptus steam bath:
Steam bath is not a modernized form of spa; however it is dated back thousands of years to the Roman era. It creates an overall sense of well being throughout your mind and body. Steam bath when incorporated with eucalyptus oil helps in removing exhaustion and all mental fatigue. It also has great benefits of treating mental and other stress disorders. This oil is well known for its antibacterial, decongestant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and stimulating properties. Thus, eucalyptus steam rooms have been used for offering several therapeutic benefits.
Thermal experience is not recommended for people those suffering from any heart ailments, respiratory difficulties, high blood pressure and diabetes. Else, everyone can opt for this luxurious yet relaxing thermal experience at any point of time.
Author Bio: Suzane works at a spa and has immense knowledge of thermal spa treatments. She would like to share her expertise with you on the same.