Authors: Alex Lukey, RN, WHRC Blog Co-coordinator; Arrthy Thayaparan, BSc, WHRC Blog Co-coordinator; Liisa Galea, PhD, WHRC Lead; Deborah M. Money, M.D., F.R.C.S.C.

It can be difficult to separate fact from fiction when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines, particularly in relation to fertility and reproductive health. This blog will dive into the scientific findings of these claims and bust some of the many myths circulating about the vaccines’ impact on fertility.

Myth #1: The vaccines haven’t been tested for pregnant people or those trying to conceive

In the earlier stages of vaccine trials, people who are pregnant or trying to conceive are not included for safety. However, in large trials, such as those for the…

Authors: Romina Garcia de Leon, Neuroscience MSc student, Faculty of Medicine, UBC; Jennifer Richard, PhD, Department of Psychology, UBC; Liisa Galea, PhD, WHRC Lead

“Imagine if you didn’t know that fever could be a vaccine side effect? You might be concerned that something untoward was happening to your body when all you were experiencing was a typical post vaccine fever. That is exactly the same with menstrual irregularities.” (Gunter, 2021).

There is a growing concern that the COVID-19 vaccine is causing disruptions to menstrual cycles and questions as to why the vaccine may have this effect have been raised by…

Authors: Arrthy Thayaparan and Alex Lukey (Blog Coordinators) Interviewing: Eunice Bawafaa, RN, MSTTI, MScN, Phd Student, UBC

Our next installment of the Behind the Science features Eunice Bawafaa. Not only is Eunice a talented PhD student, but she is also a registered nurse passionate about improving the health of women in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Eunice “sat down” with Alex over zoom from her home in Ghana to talk about her research journey.

How did you become interested in the work you’re currently doing?

I have worked for the past twelve years as a registered nurse in Ghana. In my capacity as an RN, I have worked in several health facilities in different…

Author: Julia Santana Parrilla, MSc Population & Public Health at the University of British Columbia

Perinatal mental health is considered a global public health issue. [17] So, why don’t we talk about it more?

In the Global North, pregnancy care and interventions developed exponentially throughout the twentieth century. [2] The medicalization of pregnancy and childbirth has led to significant innovations in care. It has also problematized the experience in ways that privilege medical expertise and suppress pregnant people’s agency. In the early 1900s, reproduction was commodified as pregnancy supplied the labour force for industrializing societies. [2] Given how babies are…

Author: Dr. Luzia Troebinger, Post-Doctoral Fellow, University College London — Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit

What’s your worst memory? If I offered you a pill that could erase it, would you take it? Or let’s rephrase the question: How bad would your worst memory have to be to take that pill? What if you couldn’t leave your house without reliving this memory? You might think this scenario is exaggerated, but for people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), this might be a daily reality. …

Author: Alex Lukey, Women’s Health Blog Co-Coordinator

This past year will go down in history as the year the world halted at the hands of a global pandemic. But the sacrifice and dedication from our frontline workers, kept hopes up and fears at bay throughout these unprecedented times. For World Health Day, our blog co-coordinator Alex Lukey sat down with two nurses, Krista Koenig and Lauren Dyck, working on the frontlines of COVID-19 hospital floors to talk about the past year.

Alex: Take me back to this time last year. What were those first few months like for you?


Author: Elise Wiley, Ph.D. Student, McMaster University

There is a growing body of research focused on the biological differences between males and females in pharmaceuticals, risk factors, pathology, severity, and prognosis of different diseases [1]. In contrast to this large body of evidence related to sex-based differences, we know far less about how gender impacts the risk of disease. For example, how does the risk for stroke or heart attack differ in a heterosexual man versus a transgender non-binary individual? While more research is accounting for sex differences, this is not the case for gender identity. …

Authors: Bonnie Lee, PhD student, WHRC Data Analyst and Dr. Liisa Galea, PhD, WHRC Lead

The advancement in scientific knowledge is astounding to watch. The pace of science is expanding, and it is sometimes difficult to keep up with our changing world. One example of the fast pace of scientific research has been getting several vaccines for COVID-19 in such a short period of time. Who would have believed that we could have so many great options in less than a year? Why we are so far ahead in these discoveries is largely due to scientific research. …

Author: Kennadie Chaudhary, AccessBC Campaign Coordinator

Access to contraception, as a reproductive right, is a basic human right. However, many Canadians are unable to exercise this right for a variety of reasons. One of these reasons is the significant barrier of cost. People who can get pregnant are disproportionately affected by the often high costs of contraception. These costs can include between $75 and $380 for an intrauterine device (IUD), $20 per month for oral contraceptives, and up to $180 per year for a hormone injection. Lack of coverage for contraception means youth, people with low-income, and those from marginalized…

Author: Shali Tayebi, MSc Global Health, University of Copenhagen

Osteoporosis is a metabolic bone disease that is a major public health issue. It also places a tremendous physical, emotional and mental burden on those who it afflicts. Over 200 million people worldwide are affected by osteoporosis. There are 2.2 million people with osteoporosis in Canada; a country with a growing and ageing population [3,7].

The disease is characterized by weakening bones, which increases the risk of fractures. Most often, people live with the bone loss for many years without knowledge of their condition until their first fracture — most commonly…

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