Womens Health

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.

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Be Ashamed To Use Lube

Simone Katerine | Posted 12.23.2015 | Canada Living
Simone Katerine

A few months ago, the internet lit up in a frenzy when UFC fighter Ronda Rousey attempted to give sex advice by suggesting, "You should never need lube in your life. If you need lube, then you're being lazy." Her comment is completely misguided and misinformed.

I Was The Fattest Person In The Room -- Until One Day, I Had Enough

BrazenWoman | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Living
BrazenWoman

As I continued to lose weight and get stronger, I no longer had a to-do list full of other people's priorities. I now had personal goals that were all about me. I was losing weight with purpose, so that I could run, jump, play and enjoy my life. Being active was becoming fun. I was in my fifties, and I was just now learning how to play.

Ovarian Cancer: 5 Things You Need To Know

Elisabeth Baugh | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Living
Elisabeth Baugh

With the highest mortality rate of all female cancers, ovarian cancer claims the lives of 1,750 Canadian women every year. In Canada, approximately 2,800 women are diagnosed annually. Yet there is no reliable screening test or vaccine for this disease.

Kegels For The Best Sex Ever

Carlen Costa | Posted 11.30.2015 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

Te practice of Kegels actually increases your pelvic vascularity, which means more blood flow and more genital awareness, which is more pleasure for you!

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
BrazenWoman

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
BrazenWoman

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!