Womens Health

What Role Should Men Play in Women's Health?

Suruthi Ragulan | Posted 03.08.2014 | Canada Living
Suruthi Ragulan

2014-03-06-Womensdaybanner.jpg This year's International Women's Day theme, "Equality for women is progress for all," spilled over into an impassioned conversation or all-out fight about male roles in feminism and women's health. In short, whether we like it or not, men hold considerable power over women and our sexual relationships.

Why Is the Government Sidelining Eating Disorders?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 02.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Canadians may be shocked to learn that there are no long-term, publicly-funded residential care facilities in Canada. Wait times for treatment are so long that many Canadians with eating disorders are forced to go abroad for private health care, and return with little follow-up care. It is time that a national eating disorders awareness and education campaign be launched, and that Canada develop a national strategy to address these serious mental health conditions, including early diagnosis and access to the full range of necessary care, a national registry, and a robust research program.

How Sex Toys Help Seniors

Petra Zebroff | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada Living
Petra Zebroff

Women over 50 are buying vibrators, dildos and sensuous toys in record numbers. This trend makes sense from a sexological perspective. The body changes after 50, and these toys can be practical and helpful in accommodating these changes. But which toy makes sense after menopause?

Canada Must Act to Stop Child Marriages Now

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Canadians should know that early and forced marriage is not just an issue of developing countries. For example, recently there were 100 documented cases in Ontario, involving young girls who left Canada and were forced to marry. We need real action, an area where this government often stumbles badly.

A Letter To Proud Men Who Think "No" Means "Yes"

Eternity E Martis | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Eternity E Martis

Dear proud men who have taken a woman's "No" to sexual activity, touching, or intercourse as a "Yes" instead of respecting her wishes; to men who have...

Is Birth Control Keeping up With Women?

Kate Palbom | Posted 03.22.2014 | Canada Living
Kate Palbom

Like many women, I've been cycling through birth control methods like prophylactics, "the pill," "the shot," baby roulette -- which is exactly what it sounds like, and now NuvaRing for more than half my life. Women who delay having children could be on one form of birth control or another for up to 20 years or more. For those who opt out of motherhood altogether, birth control may only end when menopause begins. Really? These are our options?

Is This Libido Killer Ruining Your Sex Life?

Petra Zebroff | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Living
Petra Zebroff

Higher stress levels are linked to more disagreements with lovers, an erotic deterrent of the highest level. In fact, in order to engage with another person on any intimate level we need to perceive enough safety. This safety helps us feel sexual arousal and bonding with our partner due to the release of the hormones oxytocin and vasopressin.

My 2014 Wishes for Women in Canada

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

As we gather with family and friends across our great country to celebrate the end of 2013, and as we look forward to a more hopeful 2014, let this be a New Year focused on Canadians, and not on political drama and scandal. And let parliamentarians work to ensure a brighter future for all women in Canada. Women's help and ideas are needed to see what Canada can do better to increase the participation of women in our economy, to ensure their health and safety and that of their children, and to build a better life for all Canadians.

Encouraging Women in Sport

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

We need more women on sports boards to provide a greater diversity of skills, experiences, opinions and strategies for improved governance and better results. National sports organizations that are funded by Sport Canada should be held accountable to reflect the stakeholders who are their members.

Starting to Get Sick? Treat Your Body Like a Car

Dr. Meghan Walker | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Meghan Walker

We wouldn't ignore our car's gas light for days or weeks at a time. In the very least, we wouldn't be surprised if our ignorance of the warning light resulted in our car being side-lined because we had run out of fuel. So why do we treat our most precious asset, our health, with the disregard afforded to that old clunker, hand-me-down car.

Try This Exercise Program For Your Brain

Dr. Jennifer Pearlman | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Jennifer Pearlman

What does an exercise program for your brain look like? Research supports partaking in brain games (available as apps on your smart phone), word challenges such as crossword puzzles or Sudoku, card games like bridge and learning new skills (like a new language). Challenge your brain every day.

We Don't Need "Excuses" for How We Look

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

"We Don't Need An Excuse" is not about attacking Maria Kang. It goes well beyond her and focuses on the "No Excuses" movement. It's about realizing that we all walk different paths and have different challenges. We are all worthy and we are all valid. No one needs to give any excuses. I think that's the inspiration I'd like to get on board with.

Ladies, Losing Weight Doesn't Always Mean Getting Healthier

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Being healthy includes living an active lifestyle and eating a variety of foods in moderation, but being healthy will look different for different people. Wouldn't it be awesome if we could actually see more than one version of a fit body represented in the media? Instead we're bombarded with image after image perpetuating the myth that the skinniest women are always the fittest and the men with the most muscles are always the strongest.

Chivalry Might Be Dead, But That's Not a Bad Thing

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Kolby Solinsky

A piece titled "Why Chivalry Is Dead, From a Man's Perspective," tweaked me. The thing about the norm is, it changes. All the time. It evolves. Personally, ladies of my life, I will continue to hold the door for you, I will continue to bring you soup when you have a cold, and I will always strive to do something nice for you just because it's a Wednesday. And yes, I'd like to treat you to dinner. But I won't do it for the sake of some outdated ideological battle and I won't do it just because you're a woman.

Easy Ways to Make Menopause a Breeze

Rose Reisman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Rose Reisman

Women can begin experiencing symptoms anywhere between the ages of 39 - 51 and they can last for at least 5 years or more. The most common symptoms are hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, weight gain, sleep disturbances, forgetfulness and fatigue. Sounds great? Not exactly. But you must remember that menopause is not an illness nor does it mean it's all downhill after this.

Forget the Number on the Scale; It's the Journey That's Important

Dr. Meghan Walker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Dr. Meghan Walker

What I learned as I stared down at that scale was the lesson, the empowerment and the health legacy I had been searching for without even recognizing the significance as it unfolded around me. I wasn't running, stretching and eating healthy food because it would result in a particular weight, I was pushing myself to set an example.

Inspiring Musicians Who Beat Breast Cancer

HuffPost Canada Music | Alina Kulesh | Posted 10.09.2013 | Canada Music

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and organizations all over the world -- like the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation -- work hard to r...

Channeling Too Much Masculine Energy Made Me Very, Very Sick

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 11.16.2013 | Canada
Betty Ann Heggie

As the primary breadwinner for my family, I worked full-time. I had two baby girls 18 months apart. In each case, I continued working until the day before I gave birth and returned to work a mere six weeks after. I committed myself to nursing my babies, even when I had to resort to expressing milk on the road.

Most New Alzheimer's Sufferers Will be Women - But Why?

Vivien Brown | Posted 11.14.2013 | Canada Living
Vivien Brown

Almost 70 per cent of new Alzheimer's sufferers will be women. What makes that fact even more alarming, according to the Women's Brain Health Initiative, is that there is little understanding of why.

What Women Need to Know About Heart Attacks

Marilyn Linton | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada Living
Marilyn Linton

Not only does someone die every seven minutes in Canada from heart disease or stroke, but these are also equal opportunity killers. What's scary is that the death rate from cardiovascular disease in women is on the rise.

Feeling Great After 40

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Sacha DeVoretz

Since turning 40, I have noticed a transformation happening with my body. Joints are cracking, I'm feeling stiffness and injuries that never existed in my younger years. These have all been physical wake-up calls for me in this new phase of my life.

Inside My Panic Attacks

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Living
Linda Mastroianni

If someone would have told me years ago that I would suffer from panic attacks I would have thought them to be crazy. The first time I had a panic attack was in 2004. It hit me like a punch in the face. I was cleaning up the house when all of a sudden I started having difficulty breathing.

Having A Sex Life After Children

Vivien Brown | Posted 10.20.2013 | Canada Living
Vivien Brown

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.

6 Ways to Get Your Body Ready for Pregnancy

BabyPost | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada
BabyPost

You may think the nine months you're carrying your baby is the time to be careful but in reality, there are things you should be doing even before you conceive. Find out what you can start doing today to ensure a better quality of life for your baby tomorrow with these practical tips.

Five Reasons Not to Skip Your Workout

Natasha Turner, ND | Posted 08.26.2013 | Canada Living
Natasha Turner, ND

With Summer officially hear you may decide to ramp up your workouts. However, many of the reasons to keep moving have nothing to do with the scale. Here are five benefits you won't want to miss out on.