"Boys don't cry!" "You throw like a girl!" "Why is that boy playing with dolls?" As adults, there is potential to fall into gender stereotypes very easily. I've reached out to our Sexual Health Promoters to share their expertise on the importance of talking with children about society's gender stereotypes. Here's what they shared: By… Continue reading Masculinity: What messages are we giving children?
What if your reproductive plan is not to get pregnant right now? More than 50% of pregnancies in Canada are not planned. With that in mind it is a good idea to make a reproductive life plan. If your plan is to wait or space your pregnancies, then you might want to consider an effective… Continue reading Reliable and effective birth control: IUD & IUS
"Sexual Health At All Ages" is the focus of this year's Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week from February 11-15. We are all sexual beings from birth until death, although our sexuality changes with us as we mature and grow. Our Sexual Health Nurse, Jennifer Katz, provides more details about what this week means. At… Continue reading Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week 2019
As parents and caregivers, you play a vital role in raising a sexually healthy child. You get to be the primary educator to teach your child about healthy sexuality based on your family values and beliefs. Here's are our Sexual Health colleagues, Jennifer Paterson & Nancy McAlary, to explain more. Children are curious and have… Continue reading Teaching children about body awareness and consent
Congratulations on the arrival of your baby! New parents have a lot on their minds. Taking care of a new baby can be overwhelming with the new responsibilities, hormone changes and feeling exhausted. These changes can all affect your emotions and your relationships. Here's Nancy McAlary, our Sexual Health Nurse, to answer the question that… Continue reading Sex after a baby?
Pride month in Toronto begins June 1st. Sometimes parents ask advice on what to say to their young children about what Pride celebrations mean. Here's Jennifer Katz, a Sexual Health Nurse, who shares some great tips for you and your family. When speaking to children about Pride, try to keep in mind that children will… Continue reading Speaking to children about Pride celebrations
This is one of the hottest topics that our readers have asked us over the last year. So, to answer this question, I've reached out to Jennifer Katz, RN – who is one of our sexual health nurses. As a sexual health nurse, I often speak to prenatal clients about their sexuality throughout their pregnancy. … Continue reading Is it okay if I have sex while I’m pregnant?