Sexual Health

HPV Isn't Just A Female Health Issue, Guys

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 02.21.2017 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

There are over 100 types of HPV. About 40 infect the anus and genitals, or anogenital tract. In both women and men, infection with high-risk HPV may cause cancer. For men, there is a risk of cancer in the anus and penis. In women, there is a risk of abnormal cervical cell changes, as well as anal cancer.

Boost Your Memory By Having Sex

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada Living

Forget hitting the books, it's time to hit the sheets.

Women Shouldn't Suffer In Silence With Vaginal And Sexual Issues

Maureen McGrath | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Living
Maureen McGrath

Many women suffer vaginal and sexual health problems in silence as they age but few discuss it with their doctors. Despite being a society saturated in sexual images, important, helpful sex information about conditions like vaginal dryness, painful sex and low desire simply are not discussed.

Emergency Contraception: What You Need To Know

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 09.27.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

It's something many women can relate to: concern about an unplanned pregnancy following unprotected sex or failed birth control. Oral emergency contraception, containing the hormone levonorgestrel -- and known in Canada as "plan B" -- is a safe option for women to prevent pregnancy.

Sex And Intimacy After Cancer: A Guide For Women

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 09.22.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Cancer diagnosis and treatment can cause physical changes that affect sexual desire. Cancer treatments can put women into permanent menopause and bring on a host of emotions and challenges for women on the cancer journey.

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

Lyba Spring | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Living
Lyba Spring

The promotional material for the $85.00 kit argues that women find testing "awkward" and that they may not have time to see a health professional. They also see at-home privacy as a plus.

Canadians Are Having More Adventurous Sex At This Age

The Huffington Post Canada | Chloe Tejada | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Living

Something to look forward to!

Is Sex Safe If You Have Heart Disease?

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 05.12.2017 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

For people who have heart disease, have suffered a heart attack or who have an implantable heart device, resuming sexual activity can be concerning. Is sex safe, or will it increase the risk of complications or death? At a recent Sunnybrook Speaker Series event, cardiologist Dr. David Newman examined the topic and offered some sound guidance.

Trudeau Must Put Pro-Choice Into The Budget

Sandeep Prasad | Posted 03.19.2017 | Canada Politics
Sandeep Prasad

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.

When Sex Hurt: Reasons You're Experiencing Pain During Intercourse

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 03.01.2017 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

It can be a tough conversation to start. Often when patients raise the issue, "it" has been going on for a while. I'm talking about painful sex. Painful intercourse may be a sign of a gynaecological problem, such as ovarian cysts or endometriosis; but problems with sexual response, such as a lack of desire or a lack of sexual arousal, may also be the cause.

Empowering Ugandan Teens To Make Informed Sexual Health Choices

Natalie Karneef | Posted 02.10.2017 | Canada Impact
Natalie Karneef

In Uganda, 24 per cent of female teenagers are either pregnant or have already given birth. Which, for Ugandan girls, almost always means becoming part of the the same cycle of poverty that trapped their own parents, and their grandparents, and so on.

What's Your Relationship Status?

Sandeep Prasad | Posted 02.09.2017 | Canada Living
Sandeep Prasad

As Canadians, we pride ourselves on our universal health care system. But the reality is that it isn't reaching everyone. Unless we work together to build the relationships that foster good health, people and communities across Canada will continue to be left out of the "universal" health care system. So here is what we are doing about it.

How To Master The Science Of A Kiss

Dr. Jennifer Pearlman | Posted 02.05.2017 | Canada Living
Dr. Jennifer Pearlman

During a kiss, important chemical signaling can occur through the exchange of pheromones. While well established in animals, plants and even bacteria, pheromones are thought to also play a role in signaling between humans.

Why Are British Columbians So Dissatisfied With Their Sex Lives?

Maureen McGrath | Posted 01.14.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Maureen McGrath

The high cost of housing is not the only thing you will pay for in British Columbia. As it turns out living in B.C. may also cost you your sex life! British Columbians are the LEAST satisfied with their romantic and sex lives among all Canadians , according to the Global News IPSOS Poll.

Teaching The Difference Between The Pap And STI Testing

Lyba Spring | Posted 11.04.2016 | Canada Living
Lyba Spring

The importance of the distinction becomes clear when we look at the statistics. According to the lead researcher of a recently published article on this issue, over the past 10 years, chlamydia and gonorrhea rates in Canadians rose by 72 and 53 per cent, respectively, especially for chlamydia.

These Are The Questions Teens Have About Sexual Health

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 08.26.2015 | Canada Living

And they're probably not all that different from adults'.

Planned Parenthood in Canada Is Under Attack Too

Lauren Dobson-Hughes | Posted 08.26.2016 | Canada Living
Lauren Dobson-Hughes

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.

Most Parents Support the New Sex Ed Curriculum - With Good Reason

Marika Morris | Posted 05.07.2016 | Canada Living
Marika Morris

The misinformation about the new curriculum rivals the inaccuracies kids get about sex from their friends and our culture. Some parents are convinced that their kids will be asked to touch themselves at school. The actual curriculum stresses respecting yourself and respecting others. If you oppose it, fine. At least know what you are opposing. Parents are entitled to pass on their religious or moral beliefs to their kids, but they are not entitled to pass on their religious or moral beliefs to my child. By trying to force the Ontario government to yank the evidence-based, updated portions of the health curriculum for all Ontario kids, they are trying to prevent the majority who support this initiative from benefiting from it. And that's wrong.

Speaking Up for Ontario's New Curriculum

Sandeep Prasad | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Living
Sandeep Prasad

Talking about consent from a very early age is about giving children and youth choices and reminding them every day that their body belongs to them; that they are in charge of what happens with/to their own bodies. Sexual health doesn't happen in a vacuum and it's about more than the birds and the bees. The well-researched and evidence-based curriculum that is being introduced broadens a narrow definition of health and to us it's a positive step forward.

How to Rekindle Your Sexual Desire

Dr. Jennifer Pearlman | Posted 04.05.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Jennifer Pearlman

Foreplay and sexual touching play a vital role in eliciting a sexual response in women. Sexual touching is not only considered a social norm, it enables physiological and psychological readiness. Foreplay readies our bodies for sex; exciting our brains, quickening our heartbeat, and preparing the genital organs for intercourse.

Does New HIV-Prevention Technology Empower Women, or Burden Them?

San Patten | Posted 02.01.2015 | Canada Impact
San Patten

2014-12-01-worldaids.gif One key promise of Multi-Purpose Prevention Technologies is that they will allow women to take control over their own sexual and reproductive health decisions. But I can't help but wonder about the difference between putting prevention and contraception 'in women's hands' versus 'on women's shoulders.'

Bringing Sex Education to the Stage

University of Toronto News | Posted 09.15.2014 | Canada Impact
University of Toronto News

While some are horrified by the overtly sexual movies and TV shows consumed by today's youth, a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health has a slightly different stance. Shira Taylor, a doctoral candidate at the School's Division of Social and Behavioural Health Sciences, is taking to the stage to educate young adults about sex.

Pickup Artists, Brash Boys, and Sexual Harassment

Lauren Messervey | Posted 02.11.2014 | Canada
Lauren Messervey

In the past day, two events occured: a kindergartner kissed a female classmate's hand, and a group of Toronto-based "Pick Up Artists" were shooed away from the Eaton Centre by public outcry and security teams. One of these situations has resulted in sex offender charges, and it's not the one you think.

Sex Talk: Pulling Out is NOT Safe

29Secrets | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living

Quite a lot of women are using the pullout method. So much so that the author of the NY mag article dubbed women in their 20s and 30s the "pullout generation." And if this is true, why aren't we talking about it more?

Giving Your Parents the "Sex Talk"

Tera Kristen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Tera Kristen

I slowly came to the realization that it's parents that need the "sex talk" from kids. The "echo boom" generation may be more comfortable with sexuality, but are we comfortable with our baby boomer parents' sexuality? How can we help our parents embrace a healthy sex life without sitting them down for that uncomfortable sex talk?