Catherine Hansen, MD

Obstetrician and Gynecologist

Obstetrician and Gynecologist

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As an obstetrician and gynecologist I know what women seek. I am intimately aware of the short-comings of modern medicine, the benefits of an integrative approach and the importance of listening inward.

It is both an honor and a privilege to share women’s intimate concerns and to be available for them at the most important times in their lives. I aim to help women understand and heal their bodies by listening intently, offering support, advice and encouragement along with comprehensive medical care. It is from this relationship with my patients that I receive my greatest reward.

Dr. Hansen completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology followed by a fellowship in Sexual Health, a Certification in Menopause and a strong alignment with an integrative approach to care. After realizing her strong desire to educate she completed a Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and has witnessed life-changing results as a Certified Transformational Coach and Facilitator.

Married to Canadian Astronaut, Jeremy Hansen, and blessed with three amazing teenagers, the entire family enjoys outdoor life, night swimming and watching for satellites among the stars.

Education

  • MPH: The Johns Hopkins University

  • MD: The University of Western Ontario

  • Clinical Fellowship in Sexual Medicine: McMaster University

  • Bachelor of Physical Education: McMaster University

Board Certifications

  • Board Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist

Areas of Expertise

  • Obstetrics

  • Gynecology

  • Pregnancy

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Videos

Sexual Health – Alcohol

When we’re talking about managing female sexual dysfunction, which is most commonly a decreased sexual desire, some of the remedies that we hear about include alcohol consumption or decreasing alcohol consumption and alcohol, because it...

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Videos

Sexual Health – Addyi

“Another medication that has been FDA approved to be used for female sexual dysfunction, specifically decreased libido, or what’s called hypoactive sexual desire disorder is Addyo or Flibanserin, and Addyi or Flibanserin is a pill...

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Videos

Sexual Health – Psychological Health

In terms of medical conditions that may be related to female sexual dysfunction or your sexual health, there are a couple that you might want to have evaluated by your doctor or that you might...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

2 months ago

Videos

First Trimester Pregnancy – Miscarriage

“Sadly miscarriages are very common, especially in the first trimester of pregnancy. So statistics are off on this, because not everyone reports when they have a miscarriage, so we don’t necessarily have accurate numbers, but...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

2 months ago

Videos

First Trimester Pregnancy – Ultrasound

“Well, an ultrasound is essentially a way to get a picture of the baby in real time. It uses a small transducer about the size of my hand, and it basically uses that to use...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

2 months ago

Videos

First Trimester Pregnancy – Substance Abuse

“If you’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant, then there’s a good chance you want to do absolutely everything you can to help your baby be as healthy as possible. Now, even after you’ve done...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

2 months ago

Videos

First Trimester Pregnancy – Prenatal Vitamins

“If you’re eating healthy, there’s a good chance you’re getting all the nutrients you need to support you and your growing baby during pregnancy. But there’s many nutrients that may be helpful and may augment...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

2 months ago

Videos

First Trimester Pregnancy – Due Date

“One of the most important things about pregnancy is knowing your due date. And that’s important to you of course, because you can determine a lot around when you know, your baby is coming into...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

2 months ago

Videos

First Trimester Pregnancy – Dx Pregnancy

“How do you know if you’re pregnant? Well, the most important and most common way is to have missed a menstrual period. So if you’re somebody who has regular menstrual periods once a month, and...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

2 months ago

Videos

First Trimester Pregnancy – Body Changes

“The first trimester of pregnancy can be a very stressful time. It’s also a really exciting time. So if you’ve just found out you’re pregnant and you’re just getting started, congratulations. The first trimester is...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

3 months ago

Videos

First Trimester Pregnancy – OB Medical Concerns

“The first trimester of pregnancy extends from the first day of the last menstrual period, all the way through to 14 weeks. And the developing baby at this stage is called an embryo. And we...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

3 months ago

Videos

First Trimester Pregnancy – Ectopic Pregnancy

“There is one very important medical emergency you need to be aware of in the first trimester of pregnancy. So there’s a situation where the pregnancy, instead of implanting in the uterus or in the...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

3 months ago

Videos

First Trimester Pregnancy – Overview

“So this is the very early stage of pregnancy. And the first question that comes up is, how do I know if I’m pregnant? Well, the most important way, or the first indicator of being...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

3 months ago

Videos

First Trimester Pregnancy – Congratulations

“If you’re pregnant for the first time, this may be a time of exceptional anxiety for you. And I want to reassure you that that is normal. It’s very, very common for women who are...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

3 months ago

Videos

First Trimester Pregnancy – Confirmation

“If you’ve confirmed that you’re pregnant by either missing your menstrual period or having a home pregnancy test and you go in to see your doctor, your doctor will likely confirm your pregnancy with another...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

3 months ago

Videos

Vaginismus – Overview

“Vaginismus is an involuntary contraction of the pelvic floor. So there’s usually some inciting event, but very often we don’t know what cause the vaginismus to start. So it can be a really bad bladder...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

3 months ago

Videos

Pelvic Pain Treatments

“The treatments for pelvic pain are obviously focused on what’s causing the pelvic pain, but that can be complicated. And so some of the treatments may involve looking at the bladder, making sure that there’s...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

3 months ago

Videos

Pelvic Pain Causes

Pelvic pain can be caused by any number of conditions in the pelvis, but very common it’s a constellation of many organs in the pelvis that are contributing to the pain. So for diagnosing pelvic...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

3 months ago

Videos

Gonorrhea – Overview

“Gonorrhea is quite a common sexually transmitted infection. So how is gonorrhea transmitted essentially through sexual contact? Now that can be penile vaginal sex. So sexual intercourse, it can be anal sex. It can be...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

3 months ago

Videos

Endometriosis – Overview

“Endometriosis is a particularly challenging condition for women and gynecologists. So endometriosis usually results from the endometrial lining, which is the part of the uterus that bleeds, having little implants outside of the uterus and...

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Videos

Sexual Health – Alcohol

When we’re talking about managing female sexual dysfunction, which is most commonly a decreased sexual desire, some of the remedies that we hear about include alcohol consumption or decreasing alcohol consumption and alcohol, because it...

Watch and Share

Videos

Sexual Health – Addyi

“Another medication that has been FDA approved to be used for female sexual dysfunction, specifically decreased libido, or what’s called hypoactive sexual desire disorder is Addyo or Flibanserin, and Addyi or Flibanserin is a pill...

Watch and Share

Videos

Sexual Health – Psychological Health

In terms of medical conditions that may be related to female sexual dysfunction or your sexual health, there are a couple that you might want to have evaluated by your doctor or that you might...

Watch and Share
Catherine Hansen, MD

2 months ago

Videos

First Trimester Pregnancy – Miscarriage

“Sadly miscarriages are very common, especially in the first trimester of pregnancy. So statistics are off on this, because not everyone reports when they have a miscarriage, so we don’t necessarily have accurate numbers, but...

Watch and Share
Catherine Hansen, MD

2 months ago

Videos

First Trimester Pregnancy – Ultrasound

“Well, an ultrasound is essentially a way to get a picture of the baby in real time. It uses a small transducer about the size of my hand, and it basically uses that to use...

Watch and Share
Catherine Hansen, MD

2 months ago

Videos

First Trimester Pregnancy – Substance Abuse

“If you’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant, then there’s a good chance you want to do absolutely everything you can to help your baby be as healthy as possible. Now, even after you’ve done...

Watch and Share
Catherine Hansen, MD

2 months ago

Videos

First Trimester Pregnancy – Prenatal Vitamins

“If you’re eating healthy, there’s a good chance you’re getting all the nutrients you need to support you and your growing baby during pregnancy. But there’s many nutrients that may be helpful and may augment...

Watch and Share
Catherine Hansen, MD

2 months ago

Videos

First Trimester Pregnancy – Due Date

“One of the most important things about pregnancy is knowing your due date. And that’s important to you of course, because you can determine a lot around when you know, your baby is coming into...

Watch and Share
Catherine Hansen, MD

2 months ago

Videos

First Trimester Pregnancy – Dx Pregnancy

“How do you know if you’re pregnant? Well, the most important and most common way is to have missed a menstrual period. So if you’re somebody who has regular menstrual periods once a month, and...

Watch and Share
Catherine Hansen, MD

2 months ago

Videos

First Trimester Pregnancy – Body Changes

“The first trimester of pregnancy can be a very stressful time. It’s also a really exciting time. So if you’ve just found out you’re pregnant and you’re just getting started, congratulations. The first trimester is...

Watch and Share
Catherine Hansen, MD

3 months ago

Videos

First Trimester Pregnancy – OB Medical Concerns

“The first trimester of pregnancy extends from the first day of the last menstrual period, all the way through to 14 weeks. And the developing baby at this stage is called an embryo. And we...

Watch and Share
Catherine Hansen, MD

3 months ago

Videos

First Trimester Pregnancy – Ectopic Pregnancy

“There is one very important medical emergency you need to be aware of in the first trimester of pregnancy. So there’s a situation where the pregnancy, instead of implanting in the uterus or in the...

Watch and Share
Catherine Hansen, MD

3 months ago

Videos

First Trimester Pregnancy – Overview

“So this is the very early stage of pregnancy. And the first question that comes up is, how do I know if I’m pregnant? Well, the most important way, or the first indicator of being...

Watch and Share
Catherine Hansen, MD

3 months ago

Videos

First Trimester Pregnancy – Congratulations

“If you’re pregnant for the first time, this may be a time of exceptional anxiety for you. And I want to reassure you that that is normal. It’s very, very common for women who are...

Watch and Share
Catherine Hansen, MD

3 months ago

Videos

First Trimester Pregnancy – Confirmation

“If you’ve confirmed that you’re pregnant by either missing your menstrual period or having a home pregnancy test and you go in to see your doctor, your doctor will likely confirm your pregnancy with another...

Watch and Share
Catherine Hansen, MD

3 months ago

Videos

Vaginismus – Overview

“Vaginismus is an involuntary contraction of the pelvic floor. So there’s usually some inciting event, but very often we don’t know what cause the vaginismus to start. So it can be a really bad bladder...

Watch and Share
Catherine Hansen, MD

3 months ago

Videos

Pelvic Pain Treatments

“The treatments for pelvic pain are obviously focused on what’s causing the pelvic pain, but that can be complicated. And so some of the treatments may involve looking at the bladder, making sure that there’s...

Watch and Share
Catherine Hansen, MD

3 months ago

Videos

Pelvic Pain Causes

Pelvic pain can be caused by any number of conditions in the pelvis, but very common it’s a constellation of many organs in the pelvis that are contributing to the pain. So for diagnosing pelvic...

Watch and Share
Catherine Hansen, MD

3 months ago

Videos

Gonorrhea – Overview

“Gonorrhea is quite a common sexually transmitted infection. So how is gonorrhea transmitted essentially through sexual contact? Now that can be penile vaginal sex. So sexual intercourse, it can be anal sex. It can be...

Watch and Share
Catherine Hansen, MD

3 months ago

Videos

Endometriosis – Overview

“Endometriosis is a particularly challenging condition for women and gynecologists. So endometriosis usually results from the endometrial lining, which is the part of the uterus that bleeds, having little implants outside of the uterus and...

Watch and Share
Catherine Hansen, MD

3 months ago

Videos

Sexually Transmitted Infections – Overview

“Sexually transmitted infections come in many forms and they are almost always transmitted by sexual intercourse or anal intercourse or oral sex. Sometimes sexually transmitted infections can be transmitted in other ways, through sharing of...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

3 months ago

Videos

Chlamydia – Symptoms

“What are some of the symptoms of chlamydia? The symptoms can be varied. And chlamydia is interesting in that it can sometimes be asymptomatic, meaning that there are no symptoms. Symptoms of chlamydia in women...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

3 months ago

Videos

Chronic Pelvic Pain – Overview

Chronic pelvic pain is pain that is in the general pelvic area for a woman and can happen for over six months. It can be intermittent and keep coming back again, or it can be...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

3 months ago

Videos

Chlamydia – Overview

What is chlamydia trachomatis? Chlamydia trachomatis is also known as chlamydia and it is a sexually transmitted infection. So just like other sexually transmitted infections, it occurs through penal vaginal intercourse, anal intercourse, or even...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

3 months ago

Videos

Acute Pelvic Pain – Overview

Pelvic pain can come in several forms. Acute pelvic pain, meaning pelvic pain that is short-lived and comes on sometimes all of a sudden or can be cyclic and intermittent, can be caused by some...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Pregnancy and COVID-19 – Breastfeeding Transmission

Another choice may be to actually breastfeed the baby. Now, if you have another care provider feeding the baby, you would want to be doing that with breast milk, through a breast pump and expressing...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Sexual Health – Female Testosterone

It’s only safe to have enough testosterone in your body that stays in the female range. So during post-menopause, our testosterone almost never goes away, but during post-menopause testosterone levels can fall. And if testosterone...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Sexual Health – Exercise

Exercise can definitely help sexual function. And it does that in a number of ways. When we have a regular physical health routine and we have regular exercise, we get blood flow to all the...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Sexual Health – Clitoris Therapy

There are other clitoral modalities that are currently on the market that involve various applications to the clitoris that would increase sensation and therefore increase sexual response. A couple of those would be there’s laser...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Sexual Health – Androgen Therapy

Androgen therapy for female sexual dysfunction or for decreased libido has been found to be quite effective. However, there are no current FDA approved options available for androgen or testosterone treatment in women. Now, a...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

5 months ago

Videos

HPV – Diagnosis

If you were determined to have HPV or human papilloma virus on your pap test or in some other way, it’s very important that your healthcare provider work with you to determine which type of...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Yeast Infection – Prevention

So I recommend for my patients to make sure that they’re using cotton underwear, that if it’s getting wet or they’ve been sweating or swimming, that they change immediately, I recommend to people who are...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Yeast Infection – Home Remedies

Many people look for home remedies or ways to either prevent or treat or alleviate the symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection. And I would caution against trying some things that you might read about...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Sexual Health – Therapy

Another way to help with sexual health is counseling. So individual or personal counseling to help you manage or cope with any psychological trauma or any psychological experience that has you feeling down. It can...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Sexual Health – Medication

If it is determined that medication is needed or desired for a woman to up-level her sexual health, there are a couple of medications that are important to know. So first and foremost, if libido...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Sexual Health – Clitoral Stimulation

Now there are various sexual toys that will preferentially stimulate the clitoris and they may help. They may be very helpful if a couple’s having trouble, either with arousal, lubrication, orgasm, or any aspect of...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Sexual Health – Preparation for Appointment

When you present to your provider and you have an initial discussion and dialogue about your sexual health concerns, it can be expected that your healthcare provider will ask you some questions and will document...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Sexual Health – Different Sexual Needs

Some couples have sex very frequently and some couples have sex very infrequently. And so it’s not the amount of sex that people have in general, that causes problems. It’s actually the balance between what...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Sexual Health – Appointment

When you approach your healthcare provider about sexual health, a number of things will happen. Most OB GYN or gynecologists, and most family doctors who do women’s health will be well-equipped to answer your questions...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

5 months ago

Videos

HPV – Detection and Prevention

How do you get HPV or human papilloma virus and why should it matter? Well, first of all, human papilloma virus comes in 30 to 50 different types. And some of those types can go...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Female Sexual Dysfunction – Outreach

So how do you know if you need help for your sexual health concerns? Well, first and foremost, it is so important that you feel safe and protected and not threatened in any way in...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Yeast Infection – Treatment

If you’re determined to have a positive yeast or positive candida albicans, the next step is to get treatment. There’s several options for treatment. And if you go to the doctor, they’ll likely prescribe you...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Yeast Infection – Overview

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Catherine Hansen, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Yeast Infection – Diagnosis

Let’s talk about how to diagnose and treat a vaginal yeast infection. So if you have itching, burning white discharge, and you’re concerned that you have an infection in your vagina, you definitely need to...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Yeast Infection – Causes

What causes a vaginal yeast infection? Well, I tell my patients that anything that keeps the vaginal area wet, warm, and dark can allow the overgrowth of yeast. So we have healthy organisms in our...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Sexual Health – Vyleesi

A medication that can be used for hypoactive sexual desire disorder or decreased libido as it’s commonly called is called Vyleesi or bremelanotide, and bremelanotide or Vyleesi has just recently been approved by the FDA....

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Catherine Hansen, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Sexual Health – Testosterone Treatment

So testosterone can be given in an off-label form in a couple of ways. It can be given as a transdermal gel that gets rubbed on the skin. It can be compounded into a vulvar...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Sexual Health – Testosterone Side Effects

In terms of testosterone, there are definitely some side effects you need to be aware of. Testosterone side effects depend on the dose and can be very mild if the dose is low, but if...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Sexual Health – Clitoris

I get the question of clitoral stimulation quite a bit. And I have a lot of patients who actually don’t even know where their clitoris is. So if you don’t know where your clirotis is,...

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Catherine Hansen, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Sexual Health – Clitoral Suction Device

Now some clitoral stimulators can occur that are more clinical in nature. In other words there are clitoral suction devices available, and they have been used in the situation where there’s been, for example, pelvic...

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