So I get a media advisory via e-mail the other day informing me that the doctor for the Canadian women’s hockey team has urged the players to refrain from taking the pill, prescribing a contraceptive ring instead.
The world has changed, eh?
I mean, there’s no way this sort of message would have been delivered to me when I first started in this business as a teenager with The Globe and Mail three decades ago. There was no e-mail, first of all, and if there was a women’s hockey team, not many cared about what they did on the ice, let alone how they managed their, er, personal activities.
Nonetheless, we’ve made advances, and along came this advisory the other day explaining that a member of Canada’s world-championship team, Kim St. Pierre, is thankful that the aforementioned doctor prescribed the aforementioned ring.
“Having a physician that recognizes the significance of being both an athlete and a woman is important to me,” St. Pierre said. “The right contraceptive is essential because we don’t have the time to worry about spotting or high doses of hormones going into our bodies and, most important, taking it every day. Dr. Marni Wesner, our physician at the 2006 Olympics, provided us with options beyond the pill and I’m excited that all Canadian women now have more choices.”
So here’s something I guess we all should know: Women with Canada’s hockey team use NuvaRing, which is 99 per cent effective and contains the lowest daily estrogen dose of any combined hormonal contraceptive on the Canadian market, according to Dr. Wesner. It delivers a steady, low-dose of estrogen and progestin — and it’s available by prescription nationwide.
Yep, the world has changed.
• Carling Seguso Jr., the daughter of ex-Canadian tennis champion “Darling” Carling
Bassett-Seguso, is a rapidly rising star in Florida.
Mom’s not allowed to watch the kid play.
“I just can’t have her (attend), no way,” Carling, 16, said, chuckling. “She’s way too high-strung, and gets way too intense. It just doesn’t work.”
• Another media advisory that caught my eye starts off with these compelling words: “When they cut off his leg, it seems they increased the size of his game.”
It’s about Paul Rosen, goaltender for Canada’s gold-medal sledge hockey team. Now, at 47, Rosen has become a two-sport guy. He’s made Canada’s sitting volleyball team.
He’s also a first-rate speaker. Check out www.PaulRosen.ca.