Let's talk about women's health

When people talk about "women's health" they often think about women's reproductive health. They think about menstruation, pregnancy and the hormones involved in these processes. But to us, women’s health carries a deeper meaning beyond what happens when someone has XX chromosomes. Biological sex is important, and we talk about this a lot in the Women's Health Blog, but women's health is so much more than that. Gender identity, societal norms, healthcare practices and education are also deeply implicated in all aspects of women's health. All of these factors, and more, come together to impact women in a way that we are just starting to understand. 


What is the blog?

The Women's Health Blog brings you original bi-weekly content to help demystify the complexity of this topic while reflecting the multifaceted nature of women and gender-diverse people through two types of blogs. The first is a research blog that serves as a platform for new researchers to broadcast their findings to diverse audiences by writing on a topic of their expertise. The second is the Behind the Science blog series, which are Q&A interview-style blogs highlighting success stories from professionals across diverse groups to increase visibility of underrepresented groups. We invite you to take a look around and offer your thoughts, experiences and feedback on our blog here. If you want to write a blog post, check out our writing guidelines and submit your pitch here.


We strive to bring you up to date research on a variety of topics. When reading our blogs, please note the date they were published to gauge how recent the research is. No information on our blog should be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from a qualified doctor or clinician. Instead, we encourage you to print out our blogs and bring them to your healthcare provider as supplementary material. 

Support the Women's Health Blog

If you believe people should have access to credible information about women's health, consider supporting this project with a monthly or one-time donation. One hundred percent of your donation will be used to hire, train and support students as they search for new research to highlight and curate material for this blog. 

Blog List

  1. Women's health blog poster
    April 21, 2023

    COVID-19 Vaccine Safety in Pregnancy

    Authors: Sue Lu, BSc student in Integrated Science at the University of British Columbia and Research Assistant at the Vaccine Evaluation Centre; Manish Sadarangani, MRCPCH, DPHIL, BM.BCh, MA, Director of the Vaccine Evaluation Center at BC Children's Hospital and Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Univer

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  2. March 24, 2023

    How Can Canada Improve Access to Abortion Care?

    Author: Martha Paynter, RN PhD, Assistant Professor in The Faculty of Nursing at the University of New Brunswick Authors/Editors: Romina Garcia de leon, Shayda Swann (Blog Co-coordinators). Published: March 24, 2023

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  3. HIV BTS
    March 10, 2023

    Behind the Science: Improving the Health of Women Living with HIV

    Interviewees: Tetiana Povshedna, PhD Student (University of British Columbia Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine); Marie-Soleil Smith, PhD Candidate (University of British Columbia Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine)  Authors/Editors: Romina Garcia de leon, Shayda Swann (Blog Co-coordina

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  4. February 24, 2023

    Perinatal Anxiety 101: An Introduction

    Authors: Brynn Stagg, MSc Student, University of British Columbia; Claudia Cargnelli, MSc Student, University of British Columbia; Nichole Fairbrother, Ph.D., RPsych, Clinical Associate Professor & MSFHR Health Professional-Investigator, University of British Columbia | Editors: Romina Garcia de leon, Shayda

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  5. bh connection WHRC
    December 30, 2022

    Sex Differences and the Brain-heart Connection

    Author: Emilie Théberge, MSc. Medical Genetics, Clinical Research Coordinator (University of British Columbia/Vancouver General Hospital)   Editors: Romina Garcia de leon & Shayda Swann (Blog Co-coordinators). Published: December 30th, 2022.

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