Healthy sexuality resources
There is a lot of information about sex and sexuality online. Some is reliable and helpful; some of it...not so much. Consult this list for reliable information about sexuality and sexual health.
If you're doing your own research online, make sure you know how to evaluate the rerliability of information on the internet.
Sex and U, a Canadian site from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, describes itself as “Your trusted resource for sexual and reproductive health”. It has reliable information on a variety of topics. Sections of the site include:
- sexual activity,
- LGBTTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirited, and Queer or Questioning),
- sexually transmitted infections,
- your body and
American Sexual Health Association's mission includes promoting "the sexual health of individuals" by "educating the public...in order to foster healthy sexual behaviours and relationships and prevent adverse health outcomes". There is plenty of information on sexual health that includes diverse topics such as sexual pleasure, talking about sex and are you ready for sex?. There is also a section called ask the experts.
Planned Parenthood is an American organization with a global reach. In October 2016 it celebrated its 100th anniversary. The organization is proud to "deliver comprehensive sex education that empowers all people to make informed choices and lead healthy lives". Besides providing information on contraception and sexually transmitted infections, the Learn section addresses topics such as:
- women's health,
- sexual orientation and gender,
- masturbation, and
- sex and relationships, how to have a great relationship and ending a relationship
Netdoctor provides health information from "over 250 of the UK's and Europe's leading doctors and health professionals [who] write, edit and update the contents." The articles in the sexual health section of the site are not organized in themes, so use the search feature to find information on a topic of interest or simply browse the articles to see what catches your attention. Article titles include:
- Men's sexual response (an article geared at women)
- Women's sexual response
- Sex difficulties in busy people
- Porn and relationships
- Four things you need to know about penis size
- Anal sex
- 8 things you didn't know about your labia
- Men who watch too much porn are more likely to have erection problems
Healthy Sex is an educational site developed by Wendy Maltz, M.S.W., who is a certified sex therapist. The "site is dedicated to promoting love-based, healthy sexuality. The information found here can help you make responsible decisions about sex, heal sex problems, and increase your sexual pleasure and happiness with a partner." Features of the site include:
- A chart comparing the qualities of "healthy sexuality" to "sexual abuse and addiction"
- Communication guidelines for talking about sexual issues
- Self-help articles, including "Recognizing Problems Caused by Porn" that has a "Problems Caused by Porn Checklist"
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States has individual fact sheets on sexually transmitted infections in English and Spanish. Some fact sheets are also available in Chinese, Russian, Haitian Creole and Vietnamese.
Sex+ is a YouTube channel that offers sex education videos on a variety of topics. It is hosted by Laci Green, a young sex education activist.
Go Ask Alice! answers questions from students at Columbia University in New York City. The sexual and reproductive health section lists dozens of questions with their answers. Use the search feature to find answers to questions you are thinking about.
Our Bodies, Ourselves is a "nonprofit, public interest organization based in Cambridge, Mass., that develops and promotes evidence-based information on girls’ and women’s reproductive health and sexuality." The website has information on a variety of health topics including:
The Sex You Want (for men who have sex with men) "has lots of information to help you figure out how to have the sex you want, and to help you and your partners think through the decisions that can impact your health."
- Looking out for yourself and looking out for each other
- Sex today
- HIV and sex
- PEP and PrEP
Transgender sexual health resources
- Safer sex for trans bodies is a "safer sex guide for transgender and gender-expansive people, and for our partners and lovers."
- Smart Sex Resource has a page with transgender resources that also includes brief information on safer sex and STI testing.
Resources specific to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning individuals is available on the LGBTQ+ Resources in Montreal page.
Talk therapy for painful sexual intercourse, sexual dysfunction, pornography addiction, etc.
- MUHC sex and couple therapy: For clients with any sexual or couple related issue. Covered by RAMQ with Québec Medicare card and medical referral; see the appointment info page for the Registration Form and instructions. Should the client not be a Quebec resident, insurance companies/provincial insurance may reimburse; check before beginning therapy. Therapy is conducted by PhD candidate interns. Therapy groups may be available as well.
- Association des sexologues du Québec: Explore the listings to find the languages, training, and services offered in each therapist's description. You may choose to work with a psychologist with post-graduate training in sex therapy or a clinical sexologist, depending on the coverage afforded by your health plan.
Physiotherapy for painful sexual intercourse, sexual dysfunction
- Active Solution Physiotherapy, Verdun
- Amadea S. Kezar Physiotherapy Centre, Westmount
- Google the keywords 'Perineal rehabilitation' for more physiotherapy centres that offer these services close to you. Students covered by Blue Cross and by the undergraduate and graduate student health plans all have some physiotherapy coverage; check out your plan's website to find out more.