PMDD PMS on steroids

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder, which affects about two per cent of women, is a disabling condition that requires treatment

PMDD PMS on steroidsPMS: those three letters have been made the brunt of many jokes and snide comments since they were coined to describe the variety of symptoms many women experience at a certain point in their menstrual cycle. Unfortunately, while the symptoms of PMS are distressing to the 80 per cent of women who experience them, a…

The waiting is the hardest part, for the hopeful and the pregnant

If abortion is such a hard decision, as even advocates maintain, why aren't women allowed the time to make it?

The waiting is the hardest part, for the hopeful and the pregnantThere are Canadian women whose waiting doesn’t matter. And then there are Canadian women whose waiting is especially terrible and reported on regularly. The Canadian Press reported on Aug. 15 that a 29-year-old whose birth control failed got the abortion she wanted. Except it wasn’t quite fast enough. She waited two months for her abortion…

Defusing the ticking time bomb of postpartum depression

The biggest predictors of postpartum depression are prenatal depression and a history of depression before conception

Defusing the ticking time bomb of postpartum depressionBy Nicole Letourneau University of Calgary and Cindy-Lee Dennis University of Toronto A distraught young mother from British Columbia recently took her own life while in the grip of postpartum depression, leaving behind a grieving husband and infant son. She was a registered nurse and had been seeking treatment for depression and anxiety. Tragically, the health-care system…

Why is it so hard for mothers to breastfeed in Canada?

Members of the public can help by supporting women’s right to breastfeed in public and demanding baby-friendly standards in health-care settings

Why is it so hard for mothers to breastfeed in Canada?By Nicole Letourneau University of Calgary and Mary Lougheed Calgary Breastfeeding Matters Group Foundation An Icelandic MP breastfed her baby while delivering a speech in parliament recently. No one reacted to her breastfeeding, because in Iceland, breastfeeding is the cultural norm. The mother stated this was the most natural thing in the world. If only that were the…

Academics raise alarm over shoddy HPV ‘research’

Quebec academics urged to apologise to Quebecers for frightening the public without justification

Academics raise alarm over shoddy HPV ‘research’Download this column on the HPV vaccine Terms and Conditions of use Editor's note: The following is a condemnation by a group of academics (whose names can be found at the bottom) of statements made by three Quebec academics denying that HPV is the root cause of cervical cancer.  CALGARY, Alta. Nov 16, 2015/ Troy Media/…