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Lyba Spring

Sexual health educator, blogger and media commentator. Social activist, rabble rouser and wicked dancer.

Lyba Spring has been a sexual health educator for 33 years, 30 of which she spent at Toronto Public Health. Currently, she speaks at conferences, gives workshops, writes educational materials, blogs and is frequently called on for media interviews on diverse sexual health issues. Lyba also plays in two percussion bands and is an avid - and wicked - dancer.
The IUD Has Come A Long Way As An Effective Method Of Birth

The IUD Has Come A Long Way As An Effective Method Of Birth Control

At a recent meeting of the Sexual Health Network of Ontario, health care providers came together to examine and extol the virtues of the Intra Uterine Device (IUD). I have always been a proponent of this method of birth control, especially for women looking for an alternative to hormonal methods.
06/09/2017 03:41 EDT
Women In Lust: The Sex Goddess

Women In Lust: The Sex Goddess Project

In April of this year, I attended the Toronto International Porn Festival. I spent a few hours watching films -- and clips of films -- curated from the last ten years of feminist pornography. I am not a consumer, but I figured any sex educator worth her salt should dip in every now and again. I'm glad I did: There was fun; there was joy; and consent was the order of the day.
05/02/2017 12:07 EDT
What Do We Really Want From Sex As We

What Do We Really Want From Sex As We Age?

Recently over coffee, a friend complained that none of her friends seemed to want to talk about their sex lives any more. Bear in mind, we are both hovering around 70. You might be thinking, "Of course your peers don't want to talk about their non-existent sex lives." And you would be wrong.
11/29/2016 06:50 EST
What You Should Know About Nail Salons And Reproductive

What You Should Know About Nail Salons And Reproductive Health

Many workers in nail salons have heard stories about friends who had trouble getting pregnant or who had multiple miscarriages. Ideally, nail salon technicians should be able to plan their pregnancies for times when they are not working. But one of the reasons they work in these risky entry level jobs is because they have to.
11/21/2016 05:47 EST
Do Women Want To Use Do-It-Yourself

Do Women Want To Use Do-It-Yourself Swabs?

The promotional material for the $85.00 kit argues that women find testing "awkward" and that they may not have time to see a health professional. They also see at-home privacy as a plus.
06/15/2016 10:31 EDT
Why Are Schools Afraid To Teach Sexual Health

Why Are Schools Afraid To Teach Sexual Health Education?

Many first grade children will finish the school year with no dictionary words for their genitals; and some fourth grade girls will start bleeding from a place in their body for which they either have no name, a family name or, if they are lucky, a dictionary word.
05/23/2016 03:35 EDT
We Need To Take A Public Health Approach To STI

We Need To Take A Public Health Approach To STI Prevention

Any sexual relationship, be it a one-time hook-up or longer term, requires clear communication. Consent -- ongoing, affirmative consent about the sexual activities that will occur should be established; and the level of safety with which both people are comfortable should be negotiated. Should.
04/29/2016 12:33 EDT
What You Need To Know About Birth

What You Need To Know About Birth Control

Despite our best efforts as sex educators, although we have been teaching specifics about female fertility for decades, it still seems to remains a mystery -- not only to those who want to plan a pregnancy -- but also to those who are trying to use their knowledge of fertility as a method of contraception.
04/18/2016 03:55 EDT
Teaching Kids About Sex: What's Love Got To Do With

Teaching Kids About Sex: What's Love Got To Do With It?

Let's teach young people about emotional and sexual intimacy, so that when they are ready to engage in more sophisticated sexual activity, they are able to be present, find connection, take risks, experience erotic intimacy, communicate their desires, explore and be authentic.
03/07/2016 09:27 EST
The Sexual Pleasures Of

The Sexual Pleasures Of Aging

There are plenty of articles about sex and aging. For women, the advice seems to boil down to "use lube"; and for men, "consider Viagra." But erectile dysfunction is not inevitable; neither are dryness and vaginal atrophy. Lest one might think distress is lower in this age category because we have given up on sex, some of us who are 65 and older are having regular and satisfying sexual activity with no need for aids of any kind.
01/07/2016 12:01 EST
Breast Screening Tests Are An Imperfect

Breast Screening Tests Are An Imperfect System

When my sister got breast cancer, I let my family doctor know. She had previously been on board with my choice to use thermography as my breast screening tool, but was no longer, so I started having mammograms. We know that mammography is not only an imperfect tool, but carries its own risks.
12/24/2015 04:03 EST
How To Talk About Sex With Your

How To Talk About Sex With Your Partner

Whether it's a one-time thing or a long-term committed relationship, there are three prerequisites to any sexual activity: consent, safety and pleasure. There is no way around it: communication is key. For some people, this feels entirely natural; for others, they'd rather visit the dentist.
12/01/2015 05:47 EST
How Eating Disorders Impact

How Eating Disorders Impact Sexuality

There is an association between low BMI and loss of libido, sexual anxiety and sexual relationships. These findings are consistent with the explanation that low body weight impairs the physiological functioning of sexual organs.
11/20/2015 03:48 EST
What Are The Qualities Of Great

What Are The Qualities Of Great Sex?

A wonderful piece of research asked an eclectic group of participants about the qualities of great sex. I had jotted down the list of the common themes that emerged, tucked it away and then forgotten where I'd seen it. You may want to compare my take on these themes with the original research.
11/09/2015 03:47 EST
Teaching The Difference Between The Pap And STI

Teaching The Difference Between The Pap And STI Testing

The importance of the distinction becomes clear when we look at the statistics. According to the lead researcher of a recently published article on this issue, over the past 10 years, chlamydia and gonorrhea rates in Canadians rose by 72 and 53 per cent, respectively, especially for chlamydia.
11/04/2015 01:28 EST
Online Dating As An Older Woman Has Not Been A

Online Dating As An Older Woman Has Not Been A Blast

Everyone knows someone who has tried online dating. Was it fabulous for them? Perhaps from the outside looking in. From inside, it can be rather dingy and depressing. Speaking personally, there may be other 65+ women who are having a blast. Not me.
10/29/2015 12:28 EDT