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No more periods? The risks of menstrual suppression and other cutting-edge issues about hormones and women's health

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English
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Susan Rako
Publisher: 
Harmony Books
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
New York, NY

Discusses the far reaching implications of menstrual suppression, not only to stop one's period, but also the implications of altering the whole menstrual and female reproductive cycle.

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ISBN 1400045037
MENS.S35 2003
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Includes bibliographical references and index. --- Review, August 2003: Menstrual suppression, the cessation of a woman's period using hormones, has recently become a hot topic in women's health. Many health professionals and drug companies are suggesting that it is a safe and preferable option for women to suppress their periods if they are not trying to become pregnant. In her book, No More Periods, Susan Rako argues that this is a dangerous idea that does not take into consideration the medical risks associated with menstrual suppression such as osteoporosis, heart attacks, strokes and cancer. She is concerned that members of the medical community have not provided women with enough information about the implications of menstrual suppression. A gap exists that once filled, will cause women to think long and hard before choosing to stop their periods. This book attempts to fill that gap by discussing frankly and honestly the far reaching implications of what it means not only to stop one's period but also alter the whole menstrual and female reproductive cycle.

The vulvodynia survival guide: how to overcome painful vaginal symptoms & enjoy an active lifestyle

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English
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Paper
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Howard I. Glazer
Gae Rodke
Publisher: 
New Harbinger Publications
Publication Date: 
2002
Publication Place: 
Oakland, CA

Looks at ways to identify vulvodynia and avoid triggers, modify diet to reduce symptoms, find knowledgeable medical help, reduce or eliminate pain, and begin to enjoy healthy sexual relations and daily activities.

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ISBN 1572242914
WGYN.G55 2002 (CWHN Offices)
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Includes bibliographical references and index. --- Review, May 2003: Vulvodynia is a chronic vulvar discomfort or pain, characterized by burning, stinging, irritation or rawness, and painful intercourse. These symptoms are not caused by an infection or skin disease. And as with most chronic pain conditions, it can have a profound impact on a woman's quality of life, affecting her ability to engage in sexual activity and interfering with daily functioning (e.g., sitting at a desk, engaging in physical exercise, participating in social activities, etc.). These limitations can negatively affect self-image and lead to depression. To make matters worse, when it comes to vulvovaginal pain disorders, there is a true lack of knowledge in the medical community - many doctors do not yet even acknowledge the condition as a real problem with a physical component! As the authors contend, since the medical community is not yet up to speed on vulvodynia, those women who suspect they have this condition must be in the know. They present the reader with medical information and self-help solutions to identify and avoid triggers, modify diet to reduce symptoms, find knowledgeable medical help, reduce or eliminate debilitating pain, and begin to enjoy healthy sexual relations and daily activities.

The myth of osteoporosis: what every woman should know about creating bone health

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English
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Paper
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Gillian Sanson
Publisher: 
MCD Century Publications
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Ann Arbor, MI

Presents facts about osteoporosis, including the myths that all women over the age of 50 are at risk for osteoporosis, and that the diagnosis of osteoporosis as a measure of low bone density is accurate, valid, and reliable.

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ISBN 0972123342
OSTE.G55 2003
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Review, November 2003 : Western medicine has medicalized menopause and turned it into a syndrome that hallmarks the onset of increased health risk and loss. A major part of that syndrome is medicine's current approach to osteoporosis prevention - an approach that traps women into a complex system of ongoing technological assessment and treatment, which can cause great anxiety. In this work, Gillian Sanson explores this system, and cuts through all that to provide us with current, accurate, and important information on osteoporosis and bone health. If we learn the facts about osteoporosis, we can then see through many of the myths surrounding the disease, including the myths that all women over the age of 50 are at risk for osteoporosis, and that the diagnosis of osteoporosis as a measure of low bone density is accurate, valid, and reliable. She then goes to provide us with steps we can take to create optimal bone health. This work stands out in the sea of hysterical quasi-medical literature designed to scare us into treatments and drugs that may not always be in our best interests. Its calming tone can encourage us to question the diagnosis of osteoporosis, and investigate all of our options for staying well and maintaining excellent bone health.

Immigrant and refugee women

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English
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Online
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Marika Morris
Jennifer Sinnott
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Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Examines how Canadian immigration policy can affect women differently. Explores stereotypes often surrounding immigrant and refugee women. Looks at health risks, violence issues, and problems of global trafficking of women. This link takes you to the fact sheet site and you can scroll down and open the text only or use a PDF reader.

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IMWO.M78 2003
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Includes bibliographical references. --- Review, Network Winter/Spring 2004: Only four percent of Canadians are not immigrants or descendents of immigrants. Only Aboriginal peoples are native to this land, and have lived and died here for 10,000 years. Thirty percent of Canadian women have themselves immigrated here from somewhere else, and this population is growing four times faster than the population of Canadian-born women. These statistics, and plenty more, are found in this rich new publication from CRIAW. The authors of this fact sheet explore the persistent stereotypes of immigrant and refugee women, and examine how Canadian immigration policy can affect women differently. The fact sheet also assesses the health risks, violence issues and problems surrounding global trafficking facing immigrant and refugee women in Canada.

Mother and child reunion: preventing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder by promoting women's health

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English
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Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health (BCCEWH)
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Paper
Online
Author: 
Nancy Poole
Publisher: 
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Vancouver, BC

Describes current knowledge about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and prevention strategies. Outlines an alternative approach to FAS prevention that would be more effective for both mothers and babies.

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BCCEWH PREG.P66 2003
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Includes bibliographical references. --- Review, Network Winter/Spring 2004: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) describes a range of physical and developmental problems affecting some children born to women who drink alcohol during pregnancy. Since FAS cannot be reversed, it is important to focus efforts on prevention. The usual approach has been to focus on a single determinant -- alcohol use -- and the impact this has on the child’s health. Yet, as the author demonstrates, this approach is too narrow and may actually be creating barriers for women who use substances during pregnancy and need help. This policy document describes current knowledge about FAS and prevention strategies, and outlines an alternative, multiple-determinants approach to FAS prevention that would be more effective for both mothers and babies, more humane and more cost-efficient.

Women's health, women's rights: perspectives on global health issues

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English
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Paper
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Vijay Agnew (ed.)
Publisher: 
Centre for Feminist Research
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Presents a collection of papers, all of which were presented at the 9th International Women's Health Conference.

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ISBN 1550144138
WOMH.W66 2003
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Includes bibliographical references. --- Review, Network Winter/Spring 2004: The 9th International Women’s Health Conference was held in Toronto in August 2002, attended by over 400 delegates representing 75 countries. There were three conference themes: sexual and reproductive rights, violence against women and environmental health. For those who missed the conference, you can now experience some of its power through this collection of papers, all of which were presented at the conference itself. Some of the papers focus on case studies, such as the chapter on services provided to survivors of child sexual abuse. Others explore barriers to women’s reproductive rights, and still others discuss violence in refugee camps. Whether from Brazil, Palestine, Nigeria or Canada, the contributions are framed by the principle that equality (social, economic and political) is a necessary condition for improving women’s health.

World report on violence and health

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English
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Online
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Etienne G. Krug (ed.)
Linda L. Dahlberg (ed.)
James A. Mercy (ed.)
Anthony B. Zwi (ed.)
Rafael Lozano (ed.)
World Health Organization
Publisher: 
World Health Organization
Publication Date: 
2002
Publication Place: 
Geneva, Switzerland

Describes the magnitude and impact of violence through out the world. Includes such topics as youth violence, child abuse, abuse of the elderly, sexual violence and collective violence.

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ISBN 9241545615
VIOL.W67 2002
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Review, Network Spring/Fall 2003: Violence pervades the lives of many people around the world, and touches all of us in some way. Violence is also a major public health problem that has serious consequences, both in the short-term and the long-term, for individuals, families, communities and countries alike. This first World Report on Violence and Health aims to raise awareness about the problem of violence globally, and to make the case that violence is preventable, and that public health researchers have a crucial role to play in addressing its causes and consequences. This book examines the various types of violence that are present worldwide that have public health consequences, including youth violence, child abuse, violence by intimate partners, elder abuse, sexual violence, self-directed violence and collective violence.

Abortion & common sense

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English
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Ruth Dixon-Mueller
Paul K.B. Dagg
Publisher: 
Xlibris
Publication Date: 
2002

Offers a fact-based, common sense account of how and why women have abortions, and what can be done to make them safe.

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ABOR.D59 2002
ISBN 1401059546
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Review, March 2003: "Abortion" is a word that, when uttered in public, elicits strong emotions, deeply held convictions and divisive debate. Yet, about half of all unplanned pregnancies in the world end up in induced abortion, and four-fifths occur in developing countries. Some women end their pregnancies safely and legally, yet so many more are forced to do so clandestinely and often dangerously. The authors of this book offer a fact-based, common sense account of how and why women have abortions, and what can be done to make them safe. In the first section, they explore a variety of personal, social, economic and health issues affecting women and couples in their efforts to regulate their fertility and the role that safe and unsafe abortion plays in this endeavor. In the second part, they look at the legal, medical, and political institutions that shape the environment in which abortion occurs. The authors conclude with the need to ensure that all abortions are performed correctly, legally, and humanely, and that it be understood as a normal part of good medical care.

The midwifery option: a Canadian guide to the birth experience

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English
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Miranda Hawkins
Sarah Knox
Publisher: 
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Provides factual guidance as well as beautiful birth stories, all seen through the eyes of the labouring women, the parent in the first days postpartum or the mother invited to support another women in labour.

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ISBN 0006394256
MIDW.H39 2003
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Includes bibliographical references and index. --- Review, April 2003: At first glance, this book seems to written exclusively for expecting women, providing a great deal of "how to" information and explaining what midwifery is all about. It combines factual guidance as well as beautiful birth stories, all seen through the eyes of the labouring women, the parent in the first days postpartum or the mother invited to support another women in labour. And yet, the authors of this book, midwifery activist who want to share the inspiration they found in their birth processes, also give the reader a view of Canadian midwifery at this moment in history. They recount that not only has the demand for more family-centered, holistic birth services grown, midwifery is also seen as the answer to the predictions of a shortage of obstetric care providers in the next few decades.

Being heard: the experiences of young women in prostitution

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English
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Jane Runner (ed.)
Kelly Gorkoff (ed.)
Publisher: 
Fernwood Publishing
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Black Point, NS

Looks at the complex set of understandings and issues at stake for young women prostitutes. Explores such issues as self-identity, health and safety issues, and Canadian legislation and its relationship to youth prostitutes.

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ISBN 1552661016
SEXP.B45 2003
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Includes bibliographical references. --- Review, April 2004: Unfortunately it is a well documented fact that young women are sexually exploited through prostitution within Canada. While many studies have been done documenting this fact, there is some confusion among feminists and policy makers about how to make sense of this phenomenon. Should youth prostitution be thought of as similar to adult prostitution, should it be considered child abuse, or should it be thought of as a combination of both of these theories? In order to answer these questions, and therefore improve advocacy, health services, and legislation surrounding youth prostitution, the authors of Being Heard interviewed multiple women who experienced youth prostitution. Through their voices and experiences this book unravels the complex set of understandings and issues at stake for young women prostitutes. It explores such issues as self-identity, experiences of violence, health and safety issues, and Canadian legislation and its relationship to youth prostitutes. While the stories contained within this book are troubling and difficult to read, they succinctly capture the complicated lives and experiences of young women in prostitution, and point to ways that advocates and legislators can extend support to this exploited population.
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