When people think about birth control, they most often think about pills and condoms. But there are many more methods available that you should know about. The type that works best for you will depend on your health and circumstances and what you feel comfortable using.
When choosing a method, there are a number of things to consider. Do you want a hormonal method, or a non-hormonal one? Do you want a method you don’t have to think about every day? Are there any personal health issues you need to consider? Are you over 35? Do you smoke? What are the risks?
Visit Sexandu.ca to learn about available methods and determine what might work best for you. You will have an opportunity to discuss your options on the day of your procedure, or talk to you own doctor about it. The contraceptives listed below may be purchased at Kensington Clinic, prices subject to change. Click on the product links for more information.
Natural methods are described at Sexandu.ca.
For more information on how to avoid or achieve pregnancy, Taking Charge of Your Fertility, a guide to natural birth control can be purchased at the clinic. $25.
Copper IUD can be inserted on the day of your procedure and left in for 5-10 years. $70/5 -10 yr
CAYA Diaphragm is a one-size-fits-most diaphragm to be used in conjunction with Contragel and can be used for up to 2 years. $100
Below are links to some of the manufacturer’s pages for product monographs and consumer information. For additional information, go to the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada website Sexandu.ca.
Mirena/Kyleena IUS can be inserted after your procedure and left in 3-5 years. $400
EVRA – If you don’t like taking a pill every day “the patch” is one alternative. Must be changed weekly. $30
Nuva Ring – This is another hormonal contraceptive for those who don’t like taking a pill every day. It is inserted into the vagina and stays in for 3 weeks. It is then taken out for 7 days. A new one is then inserted for another cycle. $30
Depo-Provera – “The shot” can be given at the clinic at the time of your procedure. After that, you must return to your doctor for additional shots every 12 weeks to continue using it. $50
Oral Contraceptives – We can provide you with a prescription for all types of birth control pills and (if available) we will give you a free sample pack to get started on.
Emergency Contraception can be obtained in pharmacies without a doctor’s prescription.
Tubal Ligation and Vasectomy – We can provide a referral to you for tubal ligation. Your partner can book a vasectomy at specialized clinics without a referral.
All prices listed are subject to change without notice.