Womens Health

I Want My Son To Grow Up In A World Free Of Deadly Epidemics

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Impact
Caroline Riseboro

This time of year, parents are acutely aware of the complexities of raising a child. But imagine if another variable -- a potentially deadly disease -- could affect your child at any moment. For millions of people around the world, uncertainty is a daily reality.

I'm Cold, Tired And Depressed: Is Something Wrong With My Thyroid?

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 09.09.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the throat just below your Adam's apple. Its function is to take iodine that is found in foods and convert it to T4 and T3. Every cell in the body depends upon thyroid hormones for regulation of their metabolism.

PMDD Symptoms Turned My Period Into An Emotional Write-Off

Tara Mandarano | Posted 08.03.2016 | Canada Living
Tara Mandarano

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is like PMS on steroids; it's not just a bad mood or feeling over-emotional for a few hours. It's an ongoing pattern of severe premenstrual symptoms (both physical and psychological) that interfere with your daily life and relationships.

A Leading Cause Of Hair Loss And Breakage Is, Well, You

Alan J. Bauman | Posted 08.02.2016 | Canada Living
Alan J. Bauman

Genetics are often to blame for hair loss, and rightfully so, at least in many cases. But while genetics are the most common cause of hair loss in both men and women, for some, hair loss can be caused by a variety of other reasons.

Is It Bad To Work Out Every Day?

Christie Preston | Posted 07.27.2016 | Canada Living
Christie Preston

When you use exercise as a counter for poor nutritional choices -- like my pint of ice cream a day habit during the marathon summer - it is almost impossible to do successfully. It is super simple to consume 100 empty calories, working them off however is a completely different story.

How To Expertly Navigate Menopause

Dr. Jennifer Pearlman | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Jennifer Pearlman

A more useful framework to describe reproductive aging is the concept of the menopause transition and the various stages from early peri-menopause to late post-menopause. This framework is based on the clinical history, including bleeding pattern and symptoms. However, testing hormone levels may help to confirm the stage.

This Is Such A Good Idea, Period

Oxfam Canada | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada Impact
Oxfam Canada

A new how-to manual for aid workers lays out the issues and practical steps that all must take to ensure women's sexual and reproductive health and rights, including menstrual health that is a precursor to preventing and mitigating gender based violence. Included in these guidelines is a specific requirement to ensure dignified access to hygiene-related materials.

300 Years Of Adult Disposable Underwear

Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Living

The fascinating evolution of adult disposable diapers. From the AOL Partner Studio

Abolishing Hospital Visiting Hours Would Respect Patients' Needs

Jennifer Lavallee | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada Alberta
Jennifer Lavallee

By the end of this year, visiting hours will no longer exist in Saskatchewan hospitals. In early May, the province decided family members will soon be allowed to sit by their loved one's side, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, should they so desire. Personally, I hope my own province is taking note.

Women Shouldn't Be Ashamed Of Masturbation

Alicia Meek | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Living
Alicia Meek

I've always been an advocate for speaking openly about sex and masturbation. I make a point in asking my friends (and mother) who are in long term relationships about their sex lives, partnered or solo. The singles are more likely to offer information, but I'll pester them every once and a while anyways.

Flip The Script On The Negative Voice In Your Head

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Business
Betty Ann Heggie

The voice in your head so badly wants to be the all-knowing wizard that it labels, judges, exaggerates and takes things personally, all in an effort to control. Labeling and judging people and circumstances makes us feel as though we have a handle on them and so the voice obliges, evaluating, slotting and categorizing.

Is It Time For Your Pap Test?

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 04.28.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

I've yet to meet a women who doesn't dread the cold speculum. But the discomfort certainly doesn't seem so bad when you consider a Pap screening test -- where a doctor collects cells from the inner part of your cervix -- is the only way to find early cell changes that might lead to cervical cancer.

A Love Letter To My PMS

Lenora Thompson | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

One time I heard that menopause is the last chance a woman has to straighten out whatever isn't right in her life. It's her last time of insight into the reality that "all is not well in the kingdom." I wonder, dear PMS, if you aren't a microcosm of that concept. My anger may actually be an insight into truth.

11 Embarrassing Questions We All Have About Periods.. Answered

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Living

Because there's no such thing as a bad question.

Nobody Knows Why I Suffered A Stroke At 29

Dina Pestonji | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Living
Dina Pestonji

Waking up was the most terrifying experience. The right side of my body was paralyzed. I lost the ability to speak. I had a stroke. A STROKE... at 29! I went from being this giddy, talkative, always on-the-go woman to being an invalid.

Trudeau Can Make Canada A Global Champion Of Gender Equality

Sandeep Prasad | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Impact
Sandeep Prasad

If prime minister Trudeau is serious about engaging with the United Nations and promoting gender equality, increasing funding for multilateral organizations that are working to advance women's rights -- which include sexual and reproductive rights -- should be top priority.

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

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 02.29.2016 | 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.

Health Care Must Do More To Address Environmental Sensitivities

Elvira Truglia | Posted 03.08.2016 | Canada Living
Elvira Truglia

Think a toxic injury that doesn't heal. If you are susceptible, exposure to small amounts of chemicals every day creates a "body burden" that impacts multiple biological systems (nervous, digestive, respiratory system, etc.). Typically, you don't detox very well, and repeated exposures can trigger the "on" switch in your brain, making you hypersensitive.

The Disease Lena Dunham And I Have In Common

Tara Mandarano | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Living
Tara Mandarano

Endometriosis a chronic condition that's all around us, but nobody talks about it much. So I want to thank Lena Dunham. For raising some much-needed awareness. For being honest about the debilitating effects of the disease. For naming it and not feeling shamed into silence.

CFL Linebacker Reveals Battle With Depression, Past Abuse

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Pang | Posted 01.28.2016 | Canada Living

"I really didn’t want anyone to know that I was weak because that’s what I thought it was, I was going to be perceived as weak if I explained this is what I was going through."

Try This Warm Winter Buddha Bowl Recipe

Abigail Keeso | Posted 01.19.2016 | Canada Living
Abigail Keeso

It is the perfect time of year to take advantage of local and seasonal root vegetables and this Warm Winter Buddha Bowl will help you do just that! We're roasting up cauliflower, carrots, parsnips, turnips and beets and serving it with sautéed kale, chickpeas and quinoa.

How One Drug Could Change Abortion Access In Canada

Sandeep Prasad | Posted 01.12.2016 | Canada
Sandeep Prasad

People across Canada and globally choose to end pregnancies for many different reasons. What's important is that they have options to safely carry out the decision they have made. While there are still major barriers, in Canada at last, these options are expanding. Or they will, if outdated Health Canada policies don't threaten to limit accessibility to medicine this country sorely needs.

Aboriginal Women Say Hospital Lied, Coerced Into Sterilization

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 01.08.2016 | Canada Living

“Why are you guys doing this to women?”

Women's Health Mag To Drop Term 'Bikini Body' In 2016

The Huffington Post Canada | Monika Markovinovic | Posted 12.31.2015 | Canada Style

The readers spoke, and the magazine listened.

5 Secrets From Women Who Never Get Sick

The Huffington Post Canada | Angelyn Francis | Posted 01.03.2016 | Canada Living

Steal their tips and avoid excess tissues.