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Yes, she’s thinking about orgasm…

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 “For years, women have been told we are responsible for our own orgasms; no one can hand it to us on a silver platter. And most of us can manage to get there very nicely on our own, thank you…”

Intrigued?

In her latest blog on our website, sex health educator Lyba Spring is thinking – and writing –  about orgasms.

Read what Lyba's been thinking about.

How endocrine disruptors do harm: NNEWH’s work in the news

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The ground-breaking work of the National Network on Environments and Women's Health (NNEWH) on endocrine-disrupting chemicals has been making the news lately.

Their recent research on how these chemicals affect our health was featured in a recent issue of NOW magazine.

Read What’s being done about hormone-disrupting chemicals?

To learn more about chemicals and women's health, check out NNEWH's website.

Class action lawsuit against transvaginal mesh makers

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The Winnipeg Free Press reported February 8 that a law firm representing more than 300 Canadian women who have suffered painful complications due to transvaginal mesh implants will file a class-action lawsuit in a Winnipeg court this week.

Manufacturers of the mesh face several recent lawsuits both in Canada and the United States, due to claims of complications from the mesh, including perforation of the vaginal walls, pain, urinary problems, bleeding and the recurrence of prolapse and/or incontinence.

The transvaginal mesh is implanted to correct pelvic organ prolapse, a condition in which pelvic organs bulge (prolapse) into the vagina, and to treat stress urinary incontinence.

Read the story in the Winnipeg Free Press.

Read more about the transvaginal mesh on Our Bodies, Our Blog.

 

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

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FGM is affecting about 140 million girls and women, and more than 3 million girls are at risk every year. A special focus for the World Health Organization this year is the troubling trend of health-care providers increasingly being the ones performing female genital mutilation, and thereby contributing to legitimize and maintain the practice.

Read more about it.

Diane-35 - Drug sales suspended in France for safety reasons

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On January 30, 2013 the National Agency for the Safety of Drugs and Health Products (ANSM) in France stopped sales of the drug Diane-35 due to safety concerns, including the deaths of four women from blood clots. Diane-35 manufactured by Bayer is a hormonal treatment prescribed to treat acne and commonly prescribed "off label" as an oral contraceptive.

Health Canada announced the same day that it will review the safety of Diane-35 in Canada in light of the decision in France. 

Read about the French decision in the Telegraph and about Health Canada's announcement on the CBC website.

And read about the work of Women and Health Protection in Canada back in 2004 related to the safety concerns about Diane-35.

On February 19 the Canadian Medical Association Journal quoted CWHN's Executive Director Anne Rochon Ford on Diane-35.

Read Scrutiny of Diane-35 due to potential dangers of off-label prescribing (Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), February 19, 2013)

 

 

 

Unpack the great mammography debate

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Read our most recent guest columnist on CWHN to take on a hot issue in women's health. In To the Point, Cornelia J. Baines writes about Unpacking the great mammography debate.

Cornelia Baines was co-principle investigator and deputy director of the Canadian National Breast Screening Study, a major trial of breast screening that enlisted 90,000 women across Canada in the 80s. She is Professor Emerita at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health in Toronto.

Rainbow Health Ontario is seeking three Community Outreach Workers

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Rainbow Health Ontario is seeking three Community Outreach Workers (part-time positions -10 hours per month) for the following areas:

  • Waterloo Wellington Region (LHIN 3), which includes the communities of Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph and the surrounding rural areas.  
  • Central West Region (LHIN 5), which includes which includes all of Dufferin County, the northern portion of Peel Region, parts of north-western Toronto, and south-west York Region.
  • Central Region (LHIN 8), which includes the northern section of Toronto, most of York Region and the southern part of Simcoe County.

Please note: Outreach Workers must live for the majority of the year in LHIN where they will be working.  

Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO) is a province-wide program designed to improve access to services and to promote the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities. RHO has a central office in Toronto and outreach workers in each of the regions corresponding to Ontario's 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINS).   

Are you interested in LGBT health and wellness? Can you help build networks with health and social service providers and community members?  Are you able to identify local concerns and advocate for better services? Can you share information at health fairs and meetings?

We are seeking community members with strong interpersonal skills and good networks in local LGBT communities. You must be comfortable with public speaking and enthusiastic about attending health related events.

New website honours 25th anniversary of court ruling to strike down abortion law

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For immediate release - January 15, 2013

Abortion Rights Group Launches Website to Celebrate Jan 28, 1988 Supreme Court Decision and Dr. Henry Morgentaler

NATIONAL – In honour of the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s historic 1988 decision to overturn the nation’s criminal abortion law, the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada is delighted to dedicate a new website to the anniversary: www.morgentaler25years.ca

The day of the court decision – January 28, 1988 – was one of jubilant celebration for Dr. Henry Morgentaler and pro-choice movement activists who had worked for decades to win abortion rights. “Our website honours the heroic sacrifices of Dr. Morgentaler, including numerous trials and a jail sentence, before he was finally and fully vindicated by the court,” said Julie Lalonde, the Ottawa-based spokesperson for the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC).

“The website also lists the benefits that decriminalizing abortion has had for Canadian women and society, including improved health outcomes and more equality for women,” said Joyce Arthur, Executive Director of ARCC. “Canada is the first country in the world to prove that abortion care can be ethically and effectively managed as part of standard healthcare practice, without being controlled by any civil or criminal law. Our success should be a role model to the world, because Canada’s experience is proof that laws against abortion are unnecessary,” said Arthur. 

Why are women and girls drinking so much?

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Alcohol is a favourite drug for many people, and women may be having more problems with alcohol than many of us would like to think. Journalist Ann Dowsett Johnston spent a year talking with women, researchers and policy-makers to learn why women drink, and how alcohol affects us differently from men.

The results are unsettling.

CWHN recently co-hosted a webinar on this issue, with the British Columbia Centre of Excellent in Women’s Health. Hear Ann Dowsett Johnston talking about her research and read her article here.

It's been 40 years since Roe v. Wade…

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January 22 is the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in the United States. 

Many US pro-choice and reproductive justice organizations will be holding events to mark this anniversary.

Learn more on Our Bodies, Ourselves’ website.

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