Lyba Spring
Lyba Spring has been a sexual health educator for 33 years, 30 of which she spent at Toronto Public Health. Currently, she speaks at conferences, gives workshops, writes educational materials, blogs and is frequently called on for media interviews on diverse sexual health issues. Lyba also plays in two percussion bands and is an avid - and wicked - dancer.

Entries by Lyba Spring

Women In Lust: The Sex Goddess Project

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2017 | 12:07 PM

In April of this year, I attended the Toronto International Porn Festival . I spent a few hours watching films -- and clips of films -- curated from the last ten years of feminist pornography. I am not a consumer, but I figured any sex educator worth her...

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Feminine Hygiene Innovations Should Never Sacrifice Safety

(2) Comments | Posted March 13, 2017 | 2:38 PM

I haven't had to deal with so-called feminine hygiene products AKA blood catchers for about 20 years. I generally only take an interest when it comes to safety and environmental issues, like dioxins in tampons.

So when I was contacted by a journalist at CBC about Mensez...

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What Do We Really Want From Sex As We Age?

(8) Comments | Posted November 29, 2016 | 5:50 AM

Recently over coffee, a friend complained that none of her friends seemed to want to talk about their sex lives any more. Bear in mind, we are both hovering around 70.

You might be thinking, "Of course your peers don't want to talk about their non-existent sex lives."


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What You Should Know About Nail Salons And Reproductive Health

(4) Comments | Posted November 21, 2016 | 4:46 PM

What do manis and pedis have to do with reproductive health? And how does this work affect the women who do your nails?

If you've ever entered or even passed by a nail salon, you probably noticed a smell that blasts your nostrils. If you stay for a treatment, the...

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Do Women Want To Use Do-It-Yourself Swabs?

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 10:31 AM

I was approached by a med-tech start-up company regarding their self-collection device for at-home screening "to prevent cervical cancer and Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)". The Eve Kit's promo video and Indiegogo funding campaign explains the device and their motivation for designing it.

Violeta Cobo, Territory Manager, said...

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Why Are Schools Afraid To Teach Sexual Health Education?

(18) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 3:35 PM

You may have heard about the revisions to the Physical Health and Education curriculum in Ontario over which there was -- and still is -- considerable controversy. Ontario teachers had been using a curriculum from 1998 until the revisions came out in 2010. Although they were posted on the provincial...

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We Need To Take A Public Health Approach To STI Prevention

(12) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 12:33 PM

A recent story about a spike in Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in Alberta piqued my interest, not so much because of the increase, but the reaction to it.

The Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Karen Grimsrud, blamed "apps": "We believe this is due to use...

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What You Need To Know About Birth Control

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 3:55 PM

My friend's Huff Post blog on cervical mucus has garnered 26,000 likes and 3,049 shares. Women have written from all over the world to thank her for this information. Despite our best efforts as sex educators, although we have been teaching specifics about female fertility for decades, it...

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Teaching Kids About Sex: What's Love Got To Do With It?

(9) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 8:27 AM

Reading this article , I was reminded of an interview I had done on a national radio program last spring. I guess it's time to revisit this discussion.

The article above explains the dilemma for (heterosexual) boys:

"...while boys crave closeness, they are expected to...

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The Sexual Pleasures Of Aging

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2016 | 11:01 AM

There are plenty of articles about sex and aging. I have written a few myself. For women, the advice seems to boil down to "use lube"; and for men, "consider Viagra." But erectile dysfunction is not inevitable; neither are dryness and vaginal atrophy.

According to this

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Breast Screening Tests Are An Imperfect System

(4) Comments | Posted December 24, 2015 | 3:03 PM

I used to pay for thermography as my breast screening tool. It was expensive but non-invasive and relatively available in my city. When my sister got breast cancer, I let my family doctor know. She had previously been on board with my choice but was no longer,...

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How To Talk About Sex With Your Partner

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 4:47 PM

It is generally accepted that we have to talk about sexuality in some way to our children so that they can develop into sexually healthy individuals. But what about our partners?

Whether it's a one-time thing or a long-term committed relationship, there are three prerequisites to any sexual activity: consent,...

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How Eating Disorders Impact Sexuality

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 2:48 PM

A study published in 2010 found that nearly two-thirds of women with eating disorders reported loss of libido and sexual anxiety.

Food and weight preoccupation runs the gamut from concern about weight to compulsive dieting to compulsive over-eating to anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. In 2002,

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What Are The Qualities Of Great Sex?

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 2:47 PM

Do you ever watch a movie, riveted by those slow, languorous, delicious lovemaking scenes; or the rip-your-clothes-off-and-get-sweaty-in-the-heat-of-the-moment scenes that make you want to howl at the moon: "I want that!"

In theory, a good partner makes for good sex. Sex columnist, Dan Savage, says partners should be GGG:...

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Teaching The Difference Between The Pap And STI Testing

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 12:28 PM

If you have a cervix, read this.

In 2013, I wrote an article about new provincial and federal cervical screening guidelines partly because women's health advocates were worried that these updated policies were putting women at risk in order to save money. There was no risk, in my...

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Online Dating As An Older Woman Has Not Been A Blast

(4) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 12:27 PM

Everyone knows someone who has tried online dating. Was it fabulous for them? Perhaps from the outside looking in. From inside, it can be rather dingy and depressing. Speaking personally, there may be other 65+ women who are having a blast. Not me.

On my second last tour out, it...

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Setting the Tatas Free Won't Erase Breast Cancer

(2) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 12:04 PM

The pink month is nearly at an end. Early in this year's breast cancer madness, a friend posted a photo with a caption on my Facebook page. It depicted a slim woman, nude except for panties, arms raised, flying her (matching) black bra overhead.

The caption: "Support breast cancer. Set...

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