Birth control (contraception) is used to prevent unwanted pregnancy. If you are sexually active or thinking about becoming sexually active, finding the best method of birth control for you is the best way to prevent pregnancy.
The health unit has information about many types of birth control and can help you choose the right one. Birth control is available at a low cost. You can make an appointment to speak to a public health nurse about your options by contacting your local health unit or calling 1-800-830-5978.
During the appointment, the public health nurse will talk with you about side effects, cost, your medical history and lifestyle.
Hormonal birth control
Hormonal birth control changes the level of hormones in a woman's body to help prevent pregnancy. Learn more about the pill, patch, injection, intrauterine system and vaginal ring.
Non-hormonal birth control
Non-hormonal birth control helps to prevent pregnancy without changing the level of hormones in a woman's body. Learn more about condoms and the IUD.
Learn more about this natural birth control method who have recently given birth and are exclusively breastfeeding.
Emergency contraceptive pill (ECP), or the “morning after" pill, is a hormone pill that can reduce your chance of getting pregnant if you have unprotected sex.