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Birth control

Birth control, also called contraception, is used to prevent pregnancy or plan the timing of pregnancy.

There are many types of birth control to choose from and it is important to find the method that works best for you.

Most methods of birth control do not prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Condoms can lower the chances of passing STIs and help prevent unplanned pregnancy.

See our page on emergency contraception. Taking the emergency contraceptive pill (Plan B) as soon as possible and within five days of having unprotected will reduce the chance of becoming pregnant.

Use our clinic finder to find clinics in British Columbia that offer birth control.


Options for Sexual Health – Contraception and sexual health services in BC
SexandU.ca – General birth control information
Island Sexual Health – Birth control information (Vancouver Island)
HealthLink BC – Using hormone-based birth control with other medications
Emergency IUD – Rapid access to emergency IUD insertion as emergency contraception in BC


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