Sexual health

Issues involving sexual health, such as vaginal disorders, irritations and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a source of discomfort and concern. It’s a relief to know that you can count on your pharmacist to provide you with solutions to suit most situations or simply to get you the means of contraception you need. The expertise of this readily available health professional goes beyond knowledge – the measure of their competence is also expressed by their willingness to listen. So talk to them – it’s free.

Sexual health has many facets. It can be reassuring to consult an expert who also happens to be easily available. Your pharmacist affiliated with Accès Pharma is one of the best-placed people to assess your situation, and they have a wealth of solutions for you – whether it’s prescribing a treatment or letting you know which product is right for you. For your pharmacist, your wellbeing is a top priority.

Opting for the right means of contraception

There are several contraceptive methods, and your pharmacist can help you choose the one that’s best suited to your needs. They’ll take the time to discuss your concerns and preferences, while letting you know the pros and cons of each option. That way, you can make a confident, informed decision, knowing that a qualified professional is there to coach you at each step.

Protecting yourself from STIs (sexually transmitted infections)

In addition to adopting safe behaviours, condoms are without a doubt one of the best ways of preventing the transmission of infections. They’re not without risk, however. If you have the slightest doubt regarding your health, don’t wait – book an appointment with your doctor or a nurse to get a screening test.

No matter the result, your pharmacist is a trustworthy intermediary who can get you the safest products, guide you in terms of side effects and assess, together with you, your reactions to prescribed medications. Why go without them?

All about HPV

The human papilloma virus (HPV) is among the most common STIs (sexually transmitted infections) both in Canada and the world. If you are sexually active, you could be one of 70% of Canadians who will be HPV carriers at least once during their lifetime.

Various vaccines effectively prevent certain types of HPV, among which those that cause anogenital warts (condylomata) that could indicate a possibility of cervical or anal cancer. And because vaccines cannot treat an existing infection, your best bet is getting vaccinated as soon as possible, before anything goes wrong.

Schedule an appointment with your pharmacist to get as much information as possible, in a confidential manner, and to receive your vaccine if need be. The process is easy, and the peace of mind you could enjoy as a result is invaluable.

Your mental state and sexual health are connected

Taking care of your overall health is essential to a fulfilling sex life. Your mental wellbeing can affect your sexual health, and vice versa. On one hand, your mental state could sometimes trigger unsuspected issues like erectile dysfunction, decreased sex drive, social isolation or even vaginismus. On the other hand, dissatisfaction or certain sexual experiences could be at the root of psychological problems.

If you’re facing any of these issues, feel free to talk about it with your trusted pharmacist. They’re there to listen and refer you to qualified resources so that you can once again find balance. Help could take the form of a mental health professional or other types of support suited to your specific needs.

Frequently asked questions

You got more questions?

  • Increased heart rate, tense muscles, difficulty breathing, feelings of guilt, difficulty sleeping—these are just a few of the most common symptoms. Talk to your pharmacist; they can point you to the best resource to help you regain control over your anxiety.

  • Unless otherwise noted, our branches are open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

  • According to the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec:

    "The pharmacist has a duty of confidentiality regarding all information recorded in your pharmaceutical record. Thus, they cannot discuss this information with a third party without your prior authorization or unless the law allows it.

    However, if you present at the pharmacy with a prescription from a prescriber, the pharmacist may, concerning that prescription, discuss with the prescriber if necessary to ensure the appropriate use of your medication therapy. Nevertheless, it is suggested that your pharmacist obtain your consent to do so."

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