Womens Health

Feeling Anxious? Try Playing A Video Game

Dr. Meghan Walker | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Meghan Walker

What fascinates me as a clinician is the emergence of new, and dare I say, fun tools, to combat a traditionally difficult and solitary set of symptoms. While cognitive behavioural therapy and other forms of mental health interventions are important clinical considerations, so too is the potential role of games

What Breaking My Leg Taught Me About Life

BrazenWoman | Posted 10.26.2015 | Canada Living

I call myself an AAA personality. So, when I was delivered the ultimate sentence -- that I won't be able to walk or drive, INDEFINITELY -- I practically collapsed. I had no choice but to make the sudden shift from Type A to Type B status -- to stop, reflect and figure out how to survive being laid up.

A Breast Cancer Story: How Losing My Hair Changed Me Forever

BrazenWoman | Posted 10.24.2015 | Canada Living

Hair loss is such a personal thing, yet it's so public when it's yours. Many women hide it because it's a visible reminder of the pain they're in. We are fighting for our lives, so why should something so superficial mean so much? Because our hair makes us feel like ourselves -- strong and pretty and whole -- and when we lose it, we feel weak and vulnerable.

3 Things Young Women Can Do About Breast Cancer Right Now

MJ DeCoteau | Posted 10.03.2015 | Canada Living
MJ DeCoteau

What do you need to be aware of during breast cancer awareness month (and all year round)? With all the media coverage in October on our cause, young women may feel freaked out, panicking that breast cancer is going to strike at any second. We want young women to keep calm and focus on three easy things you can do to stay on top of your breast health.

An Authentic Role Model for Motherhood

Katie Zeppieri | Posted 08.28.2015 | Canada Parents
Katie Zeppieri

To all new and expecting mothers Tara encourages you to: "Get connected. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to carry a mother so don't be afraid to reach out to someone walking the same journey. We can walk together because our children need us to be the best mothers that we can possibly be."

All You Need to Know About Your Vulva and Vagina

Her Magazine | Posted 08.25.2015 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

We all grew up absorbing messages through jokes, comments and "feminine hygiene" ads that suggest women's vulvas (the outer genitals) and vaginas (the inner parts) are dirty, smelly, ugly and taste bad -- usually with a reference to salty fish. It is high time that we debunk some of those myths to help us all -- those of us of all genders -- to better understand and celebrate the healthy truth about our intimate body parts!

How to Motivate Yourself When You Don't Feel Like Moving

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 07.28.2015 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Some movement is always better than no movement. Make yourself start moving, break the workout down so that it feels manageable. Do something, even for just 10 minutes. Your future self will be happier if you move!

A Hysterectomy Is Not the Only Option for Treating Fibroids

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 07.18.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Some women need a hysterectomy because they have been diagnosed with uterine cancer. But, in the majority of cases, the operation is performed to treat other conditions such as fibroids.

Birth Control Does Not Advance Women's Rights

Andrea Mrozek | Posted 07.10.2015 | Canada Living
Andrea Mrozek

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.

No Province Should Deny Women Abortions

Sandeep Prasad | Posted 06.04.2015 | Canada Living
Sandeep Prasad

In the recent P.E.I. case, the woman, who had been advised to seek ER medical attention by the province's emergency information telephone service and who had begun to experience cramps and bleeding while waiting, was told by the ER physician to go out-of-province, to Halifax, if she wanted to receive the necessary post-abortion care -- Halifax is over 300 km away, with a round-trip bus ticket costing over $100.00. Restricted access to abortion, compounded with physicians who do not fulfill their professional duty to provide patients with timely and effective referrals or necessary service in emergency cases, creates life-threatening situations that could otherwise be avoided

Women's Health Is the Key to Economic Prosperity in the Philippines

Development Unplugged | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

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.

Answers To 5 Embarassing Gyno Questions

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Living

Even when you're healthy, going to the gynecologist can be a pretty awkward experience, making those moments when you have questions feel even more mo...

Mental Health Awareness Week Helps Us Talk About the Tough Stuff

Lynn Posluns | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Living
Lynn Posluns

"I'm fine" seems to be the phrase of choice when someone asks how we're doing. We rarely take a moment to check in with ourselves and see if we are truly "fine." With Mental Health Week upon us in Canada, now is the perfect time to talk about all of the things we don't normally discuss. This week is a time to not only raise awareness about mental illness, but to also consider ways to improve our mental health.

Women's Brain Health Needs to Be a Priority, Too

Lynn Posluns | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Living
Lynn Posluns

When I first launched the Women's Brain Health Initiative a few years ago, my primary goal was to create awareness about women's brain aging disorders. It was shocking to me that women suffer from depression, stroke and dementia twice as much as men as they age, but brain health research was male-focused.

4 Ways to Freshen up Your Sex Life This Spring

Carlen Costa | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

Just as our homes need some freshening, so do our sex lives. This time of year serves as a reminder to pause, and take a look at how you can positively contribute to not only the life around you, but to nurture the energy of the life within you.

This Feminist Filmmaker Is Helping Change the Face of Porn

Carlen Costa | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

Erika Lust's didn't want her daughters to grow up and be exposed to the commercialized and commoditized usage of women's bodies that is typical in mainstream porn; she demanded something different. Her bold emergence into the world of erotic filmmaking has been a breath of fresh air into the erotic genre industry.

Dear 'Selfish' Moms, I Admire You

Jennifer Campbell | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Living
Jennifer Campbell

Selfish is the ultimate insult you could call a mother. It cuts to the very core of what being a mother is, which is about giving. We give our bodies, we give our hearts, we give up careers, we lose friendships, we retire goals. We do this because the moment a baby is placed in our arms nothing else matters but the health and happiness of that little soul. We would sacrifice our own lives for our children. But who is looking out for the mother's soul?

Sorry Ladies, Clothing-Optional Spas Make Me Awkward

Hannah Jack | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Living
Hannah Jack

I'm a feminist, but that doesn't mean want to see your bush. Let me explain. I spent my morning at a water spa in the city. An important part of this scenario is that bathing suits are optional. Great! Cool! I'm a modern lady! I've seen Dove commercials! Nakedness is no problem for me. EXCEPT THAT IT FOR SURE WAS!!!!!

Access To These Basic Nutrients Is Crucial For All Women

Marion Roche | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

Just over half of us on this planet are either women or will someday grow up to be women. On March 8, International Women's Day, I would like to celebrate how micro-nutrient interventions have the potential to enable women to continue to be strong, brilliant and safe.

How to Beat the Winter Blues and SAD

Dr. Jennifer Pearlman | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Jennifer Pearlman

SAD tends to present in adulthood and affects eight times more women than men. As we gain a deeper understanding of how circadian and seasonal rhythms are at play within our bodies, we will be better equipped to help patients combat wintertime blues and SAD. Here are six steps to get started.

Is It Time To Break Up With Your Birth Control Pill?

Dr. Christine Palmay | Posted 04.28.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Christine Palmay

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.

Starving to Be Slim: What I Learned in My Pursuit of Perfection

Erin Treloar | Posted 04.22.2015 | Canada Living
Erin Treloar

My journey to achieve the perfect body started when I was 14. The objective -- tall, thin, cellulite-free with smooth skin and beautifully toned abs -- you know the look. If 'thigh gaps' and 'bikini bridges' were in at the time, I would have added them to my list of things to obsess over. In some ways I came pretty close to achieving the "dream body" that I obsessed over in magazines but I never expected that I would lose everything important to me along the way.

Violence Against Women in Canada: Enough Is Enough

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 03.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

We know from our daily lives that gender-based violence remains rampant. The facts support this conclusion: half of women in Canada have suffered physical or sexual violence. Exactly when did we, as a society, become accustomed to violence? We must ensure access to coordinated services that keep women and children safe.

Canada Well-Positioned To Help Women Around World: Melinda Gates

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.23.2015 | Canada Living

OTTAWA - Last year, the billionaire philanthropist Melinda Gates and her daughter spent two days living at a family farm in Tanzania with twin 13-year...

Will Canada Commit To Addressing Gender Inequality in 2015?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 03.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Canada's health and survival ranking is particularly troubling as the gap between men and women globally is narrowest in the category of health and survival. In fact, 96 per cent of the gap between men and women has been closed and 35 countries show no difference between outcomes for men and women.