Sex and the Brain- Part 2

Uncategorized Mar 03, 2017

Continued from Part 1 here...

Speaking of which, did you know that orgasms are actually incredibly beneficial for our physical and mental wellbeing? The last time you had a headache how did you deal with it? How about next time you throw away the pills and activate your brain’s innate ability to produce natural pain fighting chemicals. Yes that’s right, orgasms cause our brain to produce and release loads of pain fighting endorphins. Research has shown that these brain hormones not only work on pain associated with headaches but other types of body pain as well. Endorphins along with circulating adrenaline and other hormones also explain why our pain tolerance is higher during sex.

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What else happens in our brain during sex you ask? Sex leads to changes in parts of our brain (the hippocampus) responsible for memory consolidation. Sex better equips our brain to cope and respond to stressful situations. It can help induce sleep, especially in men, due mostly to a...

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Sex and the Brain- Part 1

Uncategorized Mar 03, 2017

Sex and the brain is an area of active scientific investigation. Studying the brain helps us understand the big why questions in sex science.

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Sex is so much more complicated than just the act itself; it encompasses all of the attitudes, thoughts, and behaviours that revolve around it. Our sexual experiences aren’t only about having an intense orgasm but everything that comes before that. So you can imagine that there is an infinite number of why questions that have been asked and are still being asking today. The answers to these questions can help us not only better understand typical human sexuality but also it’s variations. There really isn’t a right or wrong when it comes to sexual experiences grounded in consent. One thing is certain though, having a healthy sex life starts with your psychological wellbeing. Poorly managed stress has consistently been linked to lower levels of sexual desire, contributes to a negative body image and often has an...

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Dr. Jess on Weather!

Uncategorized Jan 20, 2017

I had the pleasure of co-hosting Global News Morning on Global Montreal today and they surprised me with a mini weather gig! Laura and Kim gave me pointers and offered a warm Montreal welcome to this meteorology newbie and a good time was had all around. 


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Why Kegels Could Be Bad For You

Uncategorized Jan 05, 2017

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By: Michelle Fraser, PT, BA, BScPT, FCAMPT, CYT, MEd and Chia Chia Sun, BSc, MSc, MBA

Pelvic health physiotherapy has recently become a more visible and accessible form of physical therapy. In 2012, the Standards for Practice for Physiotherapists described by the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario were changed to include “assessing or rehabilitating pelvic musculature relating to incontinence or pain disorders” – this type of physiotherapy may include vaginal or rectal assessment and treatment.

Attention to our pelvic health is important for women as we age. Many women work with a pelvic health physiotherapist to treat conditions such as urinary incontinence (involuntary leakage of urine) and pain with intercourse. Urinary incontinence and pain with sexual activity are often related to vaginal atrophy, which refers to shrinkage of the vaginal tissue leading to thinning of the walls typically after menopause or hormonal depletion.

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What Happn's When Using Happn

Uncategorized Jan 03, 2017

How long does it take you to like an online dating profile? And how long does it take to meet in person after your first online encounter? When does the average dater say "I love you"? And when do new couples move in together?

Check out Happn's data below and take a look at their app which connects you to users you've crossed paths with in real life.

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Imagine courtesy of Happn. This data refers to daters looking for opposite sex partners.

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The New Ontario Sex Education Curriculum: What You Need to Know

Uncategorized Nov 16, 2016

Webinar Overview

In this three-part webinar, Dr. Jessica O'Reilly will explore the content of the updated Human Development and Sexual Health curriculum, break down the common myths that surround it and discuss strategies for effective delivery.

Part One Part Two Part Three

This webinar and content is brought to you by Thompson Educational Publishing (TEP).

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Love Your Body! - Part 1

Tips for feeling better about your body after cancer:

Feeling great about our bodies is no easy task and negative perceptions of the way we look run rampant among all women. Add the side-effects of chemo, radiation, surgeries, drugs and medical probing into the mix and it’s no surprise that most women diagnosed with cancer also struggle to love and embrace their bodies.

300116sdmlovebody02-large_transbe6o56qrl4zbrlmqqi7ubfvse9jsn00kzbur3ixhagoBut body image is less about the way you look and more about the way you feel about your body. It is a core component of self-worth and impacts the ways in which we relate to ourselves and others. It is also key to sexual functioning and positive body image is  positively correlated with levels of desire, orgasm and sexual satisfaction.

An overwhelming number of women living with cancer diagnoses report a decline in sexual desire and many connect body image issues with this side effect. And while sex may be the farthest thing from your mind during treatment and recovery, feeling as comfortable and...

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Love Your Body! - Part 2

Continued from Part 1 here...

3. Minimize Negative Triggers

We all have our ups and downs and it would be futile to attempt to eliminate all sources of negativity. However we can minimize exposure to unnecessary triggers that tend to promote a less than positive attitude toward our bodies.

If certain social circles, individuals, television shows or even social media updates leave you feeling inadequate, you may want to reframe or reconsider how often you embrace these connections. Surrounding yourself with people who focus on their positive attributes while acknowledging that their body is only one component of their whole selves will help you to do the same. 

4. Accept a Little Jealousy!

In our culture, we tend to view jealousy as unconditionally negative. It is often dismissed as a sign of weakness or low self-esteem when this is not always the case. In fact, we all experience some feelings of jealousy and since it is
difficult (near-impossible) to directly control our ...

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Love Your Body!

Uncategorized Nov 11, 2016

Tips for feeling better about your body after cancer:

Feeling great about our bodies is no easy task and negative perceptions of the way we look run rampant among all women. Add the side-effects of chemo, radiation, surgeries, drugs and medical probing into the mix and it’s no surprise that most women diagnosed with cancer also struggle to love and embrace their bodies.

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But body image is less about the way you look and more about the way you feel about your body. It is a core component of self-worth and impacts the ways in which we relate to ourselves and others. It is also key to sexual functioning and positive body image is  positively correlated with levels of desire, orgasm and sexual satisfaction.

An overwhelming number of women living with cancer diagnoses report a decline in sexual desire and many connect body image issues with this side effect. And while sex may be the farthest thing from your mind during treatment and recovery, feeling as comfortable and...

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Online Teacher Resource List in Human Development & Sexual Health

Uncategorized Oct 20, 2016

If you were at the #OHPEA2016 conference, thanks so much for coming out! Please find the resource list below and feel free to reach out with any questions. Happy teaching!

Lesson Plans

OPHEA.net/HPESupports
MediaSmarts.ca
TeachingSexualHealth.ca
AdvocatesForYouth.org
GLSEN.org
TransStudent.org
Sex & Ability: Differing Abilities, Physical Disabilities & Intellectual Disabilities

Webinars

SafeAtSchool.ca
GLSEN.org
LGBTHealthEducation.org
tolerance.org

For Parents

Q&A Document (Ontario)
Q&A Document (Hard copy - Canada)
Parents’ group speaker: NadineThornhill.com
SexualityAndU.ca (Section for teachers, parents and students)
TeenHealthSource.com

Catholic Resources:

TCDSB.org
IceOnt.ca

Visual Inclusivity Resources (posters, stickers, etc.):

RainbowHealthOntario.ca
ETFO.ca

Consent

11thPrincipleConsent.org

Feel free to download the complete handout here!

If you use a MAC and want access my #Ophea2016 presentation slides, click here. If you use Windows, find them...

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