By Alison Minor
We all have a friend who always seems to be in a relationship and who never seems to be single for more than (what feels like) five minutes. I can sincerely say that I have been that person for a majority of my mature life. As a result of this, I became codependent in the process. It came to a point where I was dating people who were not a good fit for me. It became an issue that I was far too afraid to solve.
However, now that I've finally broke the habit of clinging to my partner-of-the-moment, I will never go back.
Whether you find yourself constantly involved in a relationship, but yearning for a sense of independence or you’re generally unhappy in a relationship, but too comfortable to leave, these are my tips to break free of “codependence.”
1. Find things you love to do. As someone who always had a partner, I found that I would lose my personality in them. If they liked hockey, so did I. If they liked spending time outdoors, so did...
Set sail with me this September! I'll be aboard the 'Desire Venice Cruise' with some of my wildest and sexiest friends from around the world. Departing from Venice, Italy, this luxurious ship will explore the Adriatic Sea stopping in several ports from Croatia to Slovenia. You don't want to miss it! The cruise will deliver a truly unique experience, including adult playrooms, clothing-optional areas, erotic entertainment, breathtaking destinations and much more.
Here are my top 5 reasons to book this cruise today:
Roxi D'Lite, the bad girl of burlesque, will be there. Roxi is THE sexiest woman I have ever met and she's sweet as pie too:) We've had a blast hanging out in Las Vegas, Halifax, Montreal and Toronto and it's about time we hit up Europe together. Roxi has received a boatload of awards including Miss Exotic World, World Champion of Exotic Dance and The Burlesque Hall of Fame's Queen of Burlesque. You'll have the opportunity to see her in...
If you’re looking for signs that your relationship is moving in the right direction, look no further. These science-based indicators can help you to assess your relationship health and potential for longevity.
1. They’re On Your Mind Even When You’re Apart
According to a 2007 survey, thinking about your significant other when you’re not together is a sign of a strong bond with your partner. Those who find it difficult to focus on other matters when thinking about their loved one report stronger feelings of love and connection. Apparently absence not only makes the heart grow fonder, but may also provide a barometer for assessing your relationship.
2. You Have More Fun Than Fights
Though fighting is inevitable in the happiest of relationships, if it dominates your interactions, it may be a sign that your relationship is in jeopardy. Researcher John Gottman suggests that there is an ideal ratio of 5:1 for positive versus negative interactions in terms of...
In my first post I introduced you to the fascinating field of sex science and how studying the brain might help explain some of the big why questions that everyone has about their sex life. What I’d like to do now is come up with some answers to these questions, starting with what most men describe as their biggest sex-related fear…erectile dysfunction.
For those of you who don’t identify as playing an “active” insertive role in sex, don’t exit the screen just yet, I promise you’ll be in the spotlight soon enough. But for now I’d like to focus on the penile partners. We’ve all been there, that moment when it seems like everything to do with sex is up except your penis. Or when you felt as though you were about to orgasm, but couldn’t climax regardless of how hard you focused. If any of these situations apply to you then you’re probably pretty…normal. That’s not to say that for some people...
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If you remember what I said about the male body’s complex balancing act, it’s no wonder that drugs can influence our sexual behaviour. Let’s start with prescription drugs, which include; medications to control high blood, antihistamines, pain medication, muscle relaxants, antiarrhythmic drugs, medications used to manage Parkinson’s and chemotherapeutic drugs. Then we have the drugs that everyone knows and loves, i.e. psychotropics, which are chemical substances that change brain function and result in alterations in perception, mood, or consciousness. These include stimulants like amphetamine, cocaine, caffeine and nicotine, depressants like alcohol, barbiturates, benzodiazepines and heroin, hallucinogens such as marijuana and LSD, antidepressants, and antipsychotics. Each of these drugs acts on different neurochemical pathways in the brain that are important for sexual desire, performance and orgasm. Some these...
Dr. Jess kicked off 2017 with a bang, spreading her sexual knowledge across the Great White North from Toronto to Halifax to Montreal and Winnipeg.
Along with the We-Vibe team, she spoke at The Everything to do With Sex Show in Halifax and Le Salon de l’Amour et de la Séduction in Montreal. Delivering 14 speeches and to audiences totalling over 5000 guests, Jess never failed to impress!
Not only did she teach her audiences the handjob to end all blowjobs, but she sold out of her latest book, The New Sex Bible at her book signing sessions and the debut of her webinars, Drive Him/Her Wild With Pleasure, were met with warm Canadian enthusiasm. How else do you expect us to stay warm during the long Canadian winters? Check out a few photos below and press clips below.
In early March, Dr. Jess made a short trip to Winnipeg to speak at McNally Robinson with the University of...
In February 2017, Jess went on tour with Entrepreneur's Organization in the United States. Over the course of two weeks, she visited 9 chapters along the East Coast: Miami, Nashville, Raleigh, Virginia Beach, New York City, Stamford, Washington D.C., Boston and Philadelphia. She worked with entrepreneurs and their partners to improve intimacy and communication in their relationships with the goal of reigniting the spark and strengthening their bond.
Scroll through the photos below from her events and travels.
Check out some of the client feedback below.
Despite a topic that could be embarrassing...she made it super fun! - EO Philadelphia
What a great program! You were truly fabulous...I left the event feeling very respected, loved, and valued as you gave us a platform to share our feelings one on one. I also felt more confident and sexier, which is always a good thing! :)...Your work is very important and I am guessing you have no idea or scope on many...
You're likely familiar with a wide range of birth control options from oral contraceptives to intrauterine systems. But have you heard of Fertility Awareness Methods (FAM) like the Justisse Method of Fertility Management. According to experts, the method is over 99% effective when used correctly, and not only preserves your health and fertility but enhances it by pointing you towards your own health needs and providing a means of monitoring improvement.
I had the opportunity to chat with the Rent Tent Sisters about reproductive health awareness and the Justisse method to learn more about their work and this health-focused approach to birth control. Check out the interview below and if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below.
What inspired you to create awareness around fertility and reproductive health?
Amy: My work is inspired by my own health journey. As a teenager I had very, very heavy periods and irregular cycles. I had terrible...
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3. How is Justisse different than the old school rhythm method?
Amy: The Rhythm Method came about due to research in the 1930s that showed that ovulation, on average, occurred about two weeks before menstruation. So using a single biomarker – date of last period – calculations were created to estimate when a person would be fertile. Unfortunately, because cycles are responsive to stress, illness, travel, and diet, this method had a high failure rate because it was based on calculations that presumed regular 25-35 day cycles. In this way, the Rhythm Method is what we call a retrospective or prospective method – it tries to anticipate future cycles based on past cycles. Almost all modern FAM methods, including the Justisse Method, use multiple biomarkers (as above) to account for irregularities in the menstrual cycle.
By tracking mucus and BBT we can anticipate cycles with delayed ovulation and achieve effective contraception...
Hi everyone, my name is Nicole! I’m just your average 23-year-old living in the ever-evolving city of Toronto. Not too long ago, I ended a rocky long-term relationship and set out on a path of self-discovery, new adventures and for the first time, online dating. I was 18 years old when I started seeing my ex-boyfriend, so I was excited and nervous to explore this whole new world (like Jasmine on the back of the magic carpet). I was told that there are plenty of fish in the sea - but Toronto seemed
more like an entire ocean of people each looking for different things.
I downloaded a bunch of apps like Bumble and Tinder, and spent hours agonizing about writing the best possible bio, choosing the most flattering photos, and throwing a dash of cute emojis here and there. Just like the opening of hunting season, I swiped right more times than I care to admit.
I’ve met some strange characters online: married men posing as newly single bachelors, the too...