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Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health

Birth Control & Pregnancy Counselling

Did you know that COVID-19 can be spread through close contact? Check out our new page about COVID-19 and sex to learn how you can protect yourself and your partner.

Having Sex? Protect Yourself.

Contraception, also known as birth control, is used to prevent unplanned pregnancy. There are many different birth control options available today and we can help you make the choice that is best for you. Take some time to find out about the choices available for you and/or your partner. 

Types of Birth Control

Birth control methods only work as well as the person using them. The birth control pill must be taken every day; other options include methods that are once a week (the patch), once a month (the ring), once every three months (the shot), or once every three to five years (the IUS). More information on birth control options can be found at

For women age 24 years or younger; OHIP+ now covers many birth control options including the pill, the shot and IUS. If money has prevented you from accessing birth control in the past, this is a great time to rethink your sexual health goals. Find more information on the Ministry of Health’s website.

If you need to talk to someone about birth control options, call the Hastings Prince Edward Public Health Sexual Health Line at 613-966-5500 ext. 418.

Where to Get it

Many birth control prescriptions from a health care provider can be purchased at a reduced cost through HPEPH. Women under the age 25 may be able to obtain a prescription by calling the Hastings Prince Edward Public Health Sexual Health Line at 613-966-5500 ext. 418.

Emergency Contraception

When accidents happen, such as a condom breaking, emergency contraception (Plan B) is available. Plan B is most effective when taken within 24 hours of unprotected sex. While Plan B is less effective the later it is taken; it can still be administered up to five days later. These pills are available over-the-counter at pharmacies, and are available for a reduced cost through Hastings Prince Edward Public Health. Call the Hastings Prince Edward Public Health Sexual Health Line at 613-966-5500 ext. 418 to discuss Plan B with a public health nurse.

Pregnancy Options Counselling

If you think you are pregnant and you do not know what to do, call the Hastings Prince Edward Public Health Sexual Health Line at 613-966-5500 ext. 418 to discuss pregnancy options with a public health nurse.

Need More Information About Birth Control & Pregnancy Counselling?

Call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 243.

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We are gradually resuming in-person services at HPEPH by appointment only at this time.  Please review our Service Interruptions page for more information.

All program lines and the COVID-19 information line operate Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (excluding statutory holidays).

To assist us with our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, we ask anyone visiting the office for an appointment to:

  • bring a non-medical mask, physical distancing may not be possible during your appointment
  • maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres, both inside and outside the office
  • review symptoms of COVID-19, and reschedule your appointment if you have symptoms of the virus, or any other illness
  • reschedule your appointment if a family member or other close contact is ill
  • use accessible buttons to open doors, instead of handles
  • use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the building

We have made additional changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are visiting our office for an appointment, you can be confident that we are:

  • increasing our cleaning, in alignment with heightened infection control protocols
  • considering alternatives to in-person appointments and meetings when possible
  • screening staff and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19
  • offering in-person services by appointment only to reduce traffic in office
  • ensuring staff wear masks and/or other protective equipment when seeing clients

Please continue to our website for more information about our programs and services.