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At a recent meeting of the Sexual Health Network of Ontario, health care providers came together to examine and extol the virtues of the Intra Uterine Device (IUD). I have always been a proponent of this method of birth control, especially for women looking for an alternative to hormonal methods.
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Despite our best efforts as sex educators, although we have been teaching specifics about female fertility for decades, it still seems to remains a mystery -- not only to those who want to plan a pregnancy -- but also to those who are trying to use their knowledge of fertility as a method of contraception.
A key part of being feminist is respecting all people's choices about their own bodies. While a gender-balanced cabinet is a step in the right direction, there is no such thing as gender equality without bodily autonomy. If women aren't able to make decisions about their own bodies, equality is null and void.
You've heard of the recent attacks on women's healthcare in the States, but in Canada, we're feeling the impact too. For 50 years, Planned Parenthood Ottawa has been there for our community, providing unbiased counselling, education, advice and support. But it's become increasingly hard to do our work. Planned Parenthood is under attack, by people who oppose healthcare for women and the trans community, who don't want youth to get the education they need, and who dedicate themselves to cutting our funding every way they can.
The morning-after pill can cut the chances of pregnancy by nearly 90 per cent if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex.
Most calls for the Pill to be made more broadly accessible--ideally free and without a prescription--all share the same subtext. Denying access to the Pill isn't merely denying health care, it's denying women's rights. Yet this is not about the right to get the Pill but rather, the right to not get pregnant.
Millions of women in the Philippines could become the economic market that Canada wants and live freer, more prosperous lives if they were given access to healthcare with the autonomy to decide how many children to have, when to have them, and how to have them safely.
The Guardian recently published an article suggesting that many women who are deciding to ditch their birth control pills for more bio-based contraception methods are practicing "voodoo" wit...
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If you're like many women, chances are you're in auto-pilot mode and you've used the same birth control since you first started having sex. The challenge with complacency though, it doesn't just lead to missed opportunities, but rather can lead to some alarming trends.
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Three pro-choice groups in Canada are merging to try to increase their reach and influence on issues related to sexual and reproductive rights. The three groups, including the organization formerly k...
TORONTO - One day, sterilizing your pet could be as simple as taking them to the vet for their annual shots.For Dr. Judith Samson-French — who jokingly calls herself "the queen of contraception" — a l...
A young woman's recent decision to film her abortion and share it with the world has been making headlines lately and, over the course of the past few days, I've observed the puzzled, horrified, and downright hateful reactions of many on my social networks. But the more I saw the hate, the more I realized that what Emily Letts did was pretty ground-breaking and unbelievably brave. Letts isn't celebrating abortion. She's simply demystifying a procedure that most people have been conditioned to avoid talking about, and by doing so, removing all the shame and fear associated with it.
A contraceptive pill for men has moved one step closer after Australian researchers successfully made male mice infertile, according to a study published Tuesday. Monash University scientists genetica...
I have three tips that I call the "Three R's of reviving your sex life" and they are great for couples with kids who are looking to regain the sense of freedom they had before children. Although it sounds contradictory to plan for spontaneity, it's real life. Here's my advice.
Whenever I write or talk about abortion and mention the possibility of a slippery slope, I am told that the slippery slope discussion is a straw dog. There are rules after all! But rules are only as good as the people who follow them and the institutions that are set up to oversee them. There is an assumption of honesty and human goodness. In the case of the Philadelphia House of Horrors there was a breakdown on both fronts. Abortionist Dr. Gosnell has no ethical/moral core and the overseers in Philadelphia dropped the ball for 17 years. Anyone who assumes Gosnell's clinic is a one-off is blinded by ideology. Those who refuse to look at limits in abortion are stuck in the rut of Manichean thinking.
Not interested in getting pregnant? Then perhaps you'll want to reconsider how much you rely on the Pill -- or condoms, birth control patches, vaginal rings and injections. Reuters recently reported...
I propose that Democrats demonstrate bipartisan moral support by sponsoring Mr. Limbaugh's next sexual adventure. An all-expenses-paid tour to the Dominican Republic, with unlimited -- and fully prescribed -- Viagra.
WASHINGTON - Worried about birth control in light of headlines about side effects from Yaz and the patch? Women have a lot of options that are safe and effective, including some that are even more rel...