VOICES SERIES: Ayana’s sex in pregnancy and postpartum story

Ayana (not her real name) identifies as a woman, mother, black woman, latina woman, a multicultural woman, and as a Georgia Peach (having been born and raised in Georgia). She identifies as mainly straight but also as bi[sexual]. However, she finds being married to a cishet-man, others perceive her as straight. And last, but not…

Can acupuncture boost fertility? [interview with Michelle Kapler]

NOTE: This article begins with a cis-gendered understanding of reproduction because of the practitioners experience with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and moves into gender inclusive language for the remainder of the article. It should also be noted that you will find the services are geared toward cis-gendered women on michellekapler.com, and cis-gendered men and women…

VOICES SERIES: RN’s Sex in Pregnancy and Postpartum Story

RN is a 48 year old, white, Canadian, cis-female, femme, with 2 children and one divorce under her belt. RN is also a successful sex worker. RN began sex work when her children were 8 and 15 years old. For the most part, RN started sex work as a means of supplementing her income after…

VOICES SERIES: ND’s Sex in Pregnancy and Postpartum Story

ND is a cisgender, queer, Indian, Sikh woman from Vancouver, BC. Her family originates from Punjab, North India. ND moved to Toronto from Vancouver to become a midwife and has since started a family with her partner within the context of their open relationship. Her little girl is currently 11 months, full of delicious rolls…

Talk & Workshop @ Venus Envy in Halifax!

I am pleased to announce that this summer I will be heading to Nova Scotia to offer a talk and workshop at Venus Envy the weekend of August 12-13th! If you're a parent or birth worker looking to learn more about sex, intimacy, and relationships during pregnancy and postpartum you can register at Venus Envy…

What happened to diaphragms and cervical caps?

Good news- they still exist! I recently had the pleasure of filming a segment on the Caya diaphragm and FemCap for the youtube series What's My Body Doing. You can subscribe to the WMBD youtube channel or follow on twitter @Sex_Ed_Ontario Below is a video about how they work, what they're made of, how much…

5 ways to get hot when sex is not

As someone who has had their fair share of chronic pain since childhood, I know how difficult it can be to have a high sex drive (or rather, not a lot of breaks and a whole lot of accelerators, thank you Emily Nagoski) and a body that can’t keep up. Whether your struggling with mental…

7 complicated feelings I have about aromatherapy

I haven’t written much about my aromatherapy practice, yet friends are constantly asking me which oils to use for sleeping, staying awake, relaxing, morning sickness, calming the mind… "Is peppermint safe during pregnancy?" (answer: not really, no) "Is lavender safe to use with my children in the house?" (answer: yes!) So… why don’t I write…

5 myths about sex in pregnancy and postpartum [interview with Dr. Emily Queenan]

I think it’s time to set the record straight on 5 myths you may have heard about sex in pregnancy and postpartum! About a year ago I passed around a survey online about sex in pregnancy and postpartum. I received 42 responses from women and 2 responses from nonbinary folks. The stories were wildly varied…