Sex Ed summer school: 3 things women should know about birth control

To help us prepare for the safe, sexy summer (and beyond), Dr. Natashia Grell, a Toronto-based...

To help us prepare for the safe, sexy summer (and beyond), Dr. Natashia Grell, a Toronto-based physician and contraception expert, has offered to share some important birth control tips that every woman should follow. (Fotolia)

Simone Paget, Special to QMI Agency

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According to a recent survey which polled over 1,500 Canadian women, 94% haven’t received any formal sex education since high school. Although the percentage is high, it’s not surprising.

We’re living in a culture where the proliferation of “sexy” imagery has replaced actual sex education for adults.


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While Rihanna sings about “strippers and dollar bills” and Robin Thicke cavorts with half-naked women on our TV screens, there still seems to be a lack of open and accurate information about sex readily available.

Sexual expert and author Dr. Jess O'Reilly, PhD, believes this is a major issue. “The summer season brings an increase in energy levels, vacation time, romance and sexual desire for most Canadians yet the majority of people haven’t learned anything new about sex in years,” says Dr. Jess Just a little education can take our sex lives up more than a few notches. In other words, it’s time for a refresher course!

When it comes to sex-ed, one of the most important conversations for women revolves around birth control.

A healthy, worry-free sex life is an important part of any relationship and while our Facebook feeds have taught us that babies are really cute, they can derail your sex life if you’re not planning for pregnancy. Yet, despite this obvious reality, it’s been discovered that only 1 in 3 Canadian women use birth control correctly and consistently. This has led to a 50% incidence of unintended pregnancies in North America.

Dr. Natashia Grell, a Toronto-based physician and contraception expert says “Both of these things point to another big issue which is that women don't always know what options are available to them when it comes to birth control.”


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