New research from Dr. Gina Ogilvie’s team makes waves in the news

The study, in partnership with the BC Centre for Disease Control, shows that BC’s HPV immunization program has cut pre-cancer rates in half for women.

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B.C.’s school-based HPV immunization program cuts pre-cancer rates by more than half by UBC Faculty of Medicine News

HPV immunization program in B.C. cuts rates of pre-cancer in women, study says by Global News

HPV vaccines having positive impact, B.C. government says by News1130

HPV vaccine cuts rates of cervical pre-cancer by 57% in B.C. women by CBC News

Let’s Talk About Painful Periods And Endometriosis | Gender Equality Week

Earlier this year Kate Wahl co-authored a piece for The Huffington Post about painful periods and endometriosis.

For Gender Equality Week, Kate has written an introduction to the article, emphasizing the importance of destigmatizing menstruation as a step toward greater equality for all Canadians.

Kate Wahl, MSc

“In this article about the burden of endometriosis in Canada, we described how menstrual stigma poses a significant barrier to awareness, diagnosis, and treatment of this chronic gynecological condition. We argued that addressing this barrier would allow people affected by endometriosis to realize their potential, giving them the opportunity for personal achievement and supporting their full participation in the Canadian economy. We closed by suggesting that each of us has a role to play in in transforming attitudes about menstruation.

“We did not discuss the transformational potential of research in the original article, however we believe that this sector has the potential to catalyze the normalization of menstruation. Our team recently received funding from the BC SUPPORT Unit and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research to pilot test a menstrual health and endometriosis education program in middle and secondary schools. The program not only seeks to engage students of all gender identities about the symptoms of endometriosis but also aims to remove stigmas, awkward attitudes, and taboos about menstruation. If the project proves feasible over this school year, then we will have preliminary evidence of an inclusive, population-based intervention that could change conversations about menstruation and reduce the burden of endometriosis in Canada.

“The destigmatization of menstruation is already underway in BC. Earlier this year, work by the United Way’s Period Promise campaign and the New West Minister School Board led to a ministerial order that all public schools will provide free menstrual products for students by the end of 2019.

“We hope that our research will help us advance toward a future in which the potential of Canadians is unlimited by the biological fact of menstruation.”

Read the original article on The Huffington Post’s site.