Womens Health

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.

9 Resolutions for Women Who Want to Reclaim Their Power

Anea Bogue | Posted 03.04.2015 | Canada Living
Anea Bogue

Treat your voice as a muscle and remember that like all muscles, it gets stronger with use. Many of us stopped using our voice honestly and boldly when we were girls and were taught, as part of our socialization, to say and do what would most please others. Start small by practicing with those who will love you no matter what comes out of your mouth.

My Top 3 Breakout Body Image Stars of 2014

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 02.16.2015 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

For the most part red carpets are filled with sad, "hangry" stars, full of fillers and botox and empty of nourishment or self confidence. But, if you dig a little deeper you will find that every year there are a few standout women in the spotlight, who are not afraid to breakaway from the B.S. and send a more positive message.

Menstruation Should Be Celebrated, Not Shamed

Irene Whittaker Cumming | Posted 02.16.2015 | Canada Impact
Irene Whittaker Cumming

has always been that messy and exciting hallmark of puberty signifying the possibility of fertility. Today it is but one occurrence in a lifetime of shaming women's bodies, diminishing the natural beauty and power of every female. (Not to mention they want them smelling and looking like daisies in a meadow. Vaginas are not flowers. They are vaginas.)

For Canadians With Eating Disorders, Holiday Meals Are No Celebration

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 02.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

At a recent function, a young woman takes me aside, and complains bitterly about the holidays. She finds them stressful, but not for the reason we might think. She explains that, like thousands across Canada, she had waited for the Status of Women report on eating disorders,‎ and that she was praying that it might offer some hope for 2015, a plan to help struggling families. But these hopes have been dashed. She continued to say that many Canadians are so sick that they need urgent help, and that long wait times, few hospital beds and lack of help in the community are killing people needlessly in our communities.

The FIve Phases of a Break-Up

Carlen Costa | Posted 02.06.2015 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

The most wonderful time of year can be the worst time of year if you're going through a break-up right around this time. This list contains the basic stages (as experienced in my inner circle) of what it looks like to get through a break-up.

Where Is the Help for Canadians With Eating Disorders?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 01.28.2015 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

The stories have not changed in 25 years. Canadians with eating disorders and their families still struggle. Boys and girls, young men and women are still told they have a choice and they should just eat. Parents continue to be blamed, and families still complain: where is the education that allows frontline health practitioners to recognize eating disorders, where is the early intervention, and where is the access to care?

Canada Needs a Plan to Address Violence Against Immigrant and Refugee Women

University of Toronto News | Posted 01.17.2015 | Canada Politics
University of Toronto News

The report calls for a national plan to address violence against immigrant and refugee women and immigration policies that better support immigrants in precarious circumstances. It calls on the federal government to abolish the two-year conditional status for sponsored spouses, reinstate access to the Interim Federal Health program to all refugee claimants and uphold the privacy of all people who have access to social and health services.

The Best And Worst Countries For Women May Surprise You

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada Living

When it comes to ranking countries based on best places to live or quality of life, it's easy to see a certain pattern emerge. Scandinavian countries,...

5 Healthy Habits I Adopted in my 30s

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

I've always touted myself as a health conscious person with a passion for fitness, but it is only in the recent years that I realize I've been doing things and thinking about things all wrong. Here are a few of the good health habits I've adopted in my 30s.