It’s always important, and especially when you more to a new city, to understand the choices you have as far as contraception in Quebec – the options, as well as where you can go to speak to someone about them, or obtain them. You should always be aware of the side effects of contraception and birth control options, and you can discuss these with a healthcare professional at during appointments.
Things to Expect at a Birth Control Appointment
- An assessment of your health so that the nurse can provide and recommend the best birth control option for you.
- A discussion of your plans to have children, whether it be in the near future, a long ways off, or never.
- The nurse will help you in choosing the best birth control for your situation and needs.
- You will be provided with a prescription for the birth control you have decided upon.
Keep in mind that this prescription will likely be for a six-month period. At this time you will need to see a doctor in order to obtain a new prescription, so it is a good idea to plan in advance of when you will need your new prescription.
If you have any questions or concerns about you chosen form of contraception in Quebec, or if you notice unusual side effects, you should call your doctor or speak to a nurse or pharmacist, as the hormonal birth control you are taking may not agree with your body.
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There are a number of different hormonal birth control contraception options available in Quebec. Here’s a little about them.
This form of birth control is taken every day at the same time each day, and is intended to prevent pregnancy. With correct use, less than one out of 100 women become pregnant while using the pill. It is easily accessible with a prescription and costs between $15 and $50 per month. It can also be used to treat other medical issues in conjunction with preventing pregnancy, such as acne, symptoms of PMS, heavy periods and irregular menstrual cycles.
A birth control patch is a small patch that is placed on your skin once a week for three weeks at a time. With correct use, less than one out of 100 women become pregnant while using this form of birth control. It is easily accessible with a prescription and costs between $15 and $80 per month.
Contraceptive vaginal ring
The vaginal ring is a small ring that is placed in the vagina once a month for three weeks. With correct use, less than one out of 100 women become pregnant while using this form of birth control. It is easily accessible with a prescription and costs between $15 and $80 per month.
Contraceptive injections are injections given once every two to three months (depending on the prescription). It has been found to be 99 per cent effective, and is a great option for women who do not want a birth control that contains estrogen.
Institutions where contraceptive options are available include:
- Youth centers
- Medical clinics
- Family medicine groups:
- CSSS or CLSC
- College/university health services
For more information you can talk to you pharmacist, General Practitioner, local CLSC, or call Info-Sante at 811.
Other women’s health organizations to contact are:
- The Centre de Santé des Femmes de Montréal at 514-270-6110
- The Women’s Centre of Montreal at 514-842-4780