Sexuality and You

July 2018

General Practitioners

Country of origin: Canada

A popular website on contraception and sexual health spearheaded by Queen's University researchers is ranked among the world?s five top e-health sites in a new United Nations competition.


The interactive bilingual website, called "sexualityandu.ca", attracts an average of 5,000 hits per day, and reached an all-time monthly high in September with 172,843 visits. It targets adolescents, adults, parents, teachers, and health providers with information and answers to submitted questions about contraception, safer sex practices, and sexual well-being.


Created in response to the growing number of sexually transmitted infections among young people and the unacceptably high rate of unintended pregnancies in Canada, sexualityandu.ca is part of a Contraception Awareness Program launched in 2000 by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. The programme was originally chaired by Queen?s infertility expert Dr. Robert Reid (Obstetrics and Gynaecology).


"We?re delighted that the website has been recognised in this way, and that it continues to grow in both number of users and in queries addressed by our staff who maintain it," says Dr. Reid, noting that eight to 10 questions on a wide range of sexual concerns are sent to the site each day through a confidential e-mail system. "In addition to being a resource for those seeking information on contraception and sexual health, the site has become a popular venue for student ?webquests? as more and more sex-ed teachers recognise the high quality of the information provided."


Under the co-supervision of Drs. Reid and Mary Anne Jamieson, Queen?s Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology offers the only contraception fellowship in Canada, called Contraception Advice Research and Education (CARE Fellowship). As well as responding to e-mail and updating the site?s Contraceptive FAQ Hotline, CARE fellows provide a monthly e-newsletter to on-line subscribers addressing new contraceptive discoveries and breaking news in the field of sexual and reproductive health.


According to current CARE Fellow Dr Melissa Mirosh, the site is used heavily by teenagers and those in their 20s, although a substantial number of queries also come from older people dealing with issues of returning to the dating scene after longstanding relationships have ended.

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