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Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health

Birth Control & Pregnancy Counselling

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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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Province of Ontario has Declared a Second Provincial Emergency to Address COVID-19 Crisis and Save Lives.  Read more.

Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the provincial government is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work.

Owner/operators of a businesses, workplaces and/or other community organizations who are unsure of how to adjust operations for COVID-19 are encouraged to visit sector specific guidance regarding provincial lockdown measures at or call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659. If you are unable to find an answer to your questions or need further guidance, please fill out this web form.

During the provincewide shutdown, no indoor social gatherings are permitted, except with members of the same household (the people you live with). Individuals who live alone and single parents may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household. Outdoor gatherings must be limited to 5 individuals, and proper physical distancing must be maintained.

If you are concerned about potential exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, please be reassured that any contacts of a confirmed case will be contacted directly and monitored by public health.

Low-risk and indirect contacts should self monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the time of potential exposure and seek testing if symptoms develop. Low risk contacts do not need to isolate unless symptoms develop, and can continue to attend school/work/daycare while monitoring for symptoms.