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Lyba Spring

Sexual health educator, blogger and media commentator. Social activist, rabble rouser and wicked dancer.

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.
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Women In Lust: The Sex Goddess Project

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 salt should dip in every now and again. I'm glad I did: There was fun; there was joy; and consent was the order of the day.
05/02/2017 12:07 EDT
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What Do We Really Want From Sex As We Age?

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." And you would be wrong.
11/29/2016 06:50 EST
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Teaching Kids About Sex: What's Love Got To Do With It?

Let's teach young people about emotional and sexual intimacy, so that when they are ready to engage in more sophisticated sexual activity, they are able to be present, find connection, take risks, experience erotic intimacy, communicate their desires, explore and be authentic.
03/07/2016 09:27 EST
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The Sexual Pleasures Of Aging

There are plenty of articles about sex and aging. 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. Lest one might think distress is lower in this age category because we have given up on sex, some of us who are 65 and older are having regular and satisfying sexual activity with no need for aids of any kind.
01/07/2016 12:01 EST
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Breast Screening Tests Are An Imperfect System

When my sister got breast cancer, I let my family doctor know. She had previously been on board with my choice to use thermography as my breast screening tool, but was no longer, so I started having mammograms. We know that mammography is not only an imperfect tool, but carries its own risks.
12/24/2015 04:03 EST
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How To Talk About Sex With Your Partner

Whether it's a one-time thing or a long-term committed relationship, there are three prerequisites to any sexual activity: consent, safety and pleasure. There is no way around it: communication is key. For some people, this feels entirely natural; for others, they'd rather visit the dentist.
12/01/2015 05:47 EST
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How Eating Disorders Impact Sexuality

There is an association between low BMI and loss of libido, sexual anxiety and sexual relationships. These findings are consistent with the explanation that low body weight impairs the physiological functioning of sexual organs.
11/20/2015 03:48 EST
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What Are The Qualities Of Great Sex?

A wonderful piece of research asked an eclectic group of participants about the qualities of great sex. I had jotted down the list of the common themes that emerged, tucked it away and then forgotten where I'd seen it. You may want to compare my take on these themes with the original research.
11/09/2015 03:47 EST
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Setting the Tatas Free Won't Erase Breast Cancer

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 the tatas free. Oct. 13 no bra day." I don't love it and here is why.
10/27/2015 12:04 EDT