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Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health

Birth Control & Pregnancy Counselling

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

New – 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, visit our Sexual Health Clinics.

Where to Get it

Many birth control prescriptions can be brought to any of the Public Health Sexual Health Clinics and purchased at a reduced cost. Women under the age 25 can obtain a birth control prescription by booking an appointment at one of our Sexual Health Clinics. Condoms are available free of charge at all of our Sexual Health Clinics.

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, but are available for a reduced cost at Public Health’s Sexual Health Clinic

Pregnancy Options Counselling

If you think you are pregnant and you do not know what to do, you can visit a Sexual Health Clinic. Pregnancy testing is free. Public Health Nurses are available at these clinics to provide information and counselling about pregnancy. 

Need More Information About Birth Control & Pregnancy Counselling?

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

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