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Santé Montréal

Birth control

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Description

Hormonal birth control

You can consult a nurse to obtain hormonal birth control (the pill, patches, contraceptive vaginal ring or contraceptive injection) in an institution that has issued a collective prescription for hormonal birth control, such as :

  • a school or the health office of a college or university
  • a CSSS or CLSC
  • a medical clinic or Family Medicine Group (GMF)
  • a hospital
  • a youth centre

The nurse will assess your state of health. She will then give you information about birth control methods, help you choose the method that best meets your needs, and inform you about the hormonal contraception you have chosen. Finally, she will give you a form that will allow you to obtain the contraceptive at a pharmacy of your choice. This prescription will be valid for a period of six months.

If you experience any signs or symptoms after starting hormonal birth control that you didn't have before, don't hesitate to speak to a nurse or pharmacist. You may need to see a doctor.
After six months ...

The maximum period covered by the collective prescription is six months. You need to see a doctor before the end of this period to obtain a prescription.
The collective prescription cannot be extended after the six-month period nor can it be used to renew an expired prescription.

For help or more information, contact your CLSC or an Info-Santé nurse at 811.

Emergency oral contraception (morning after pill)

The morning after pill can be obtained from a doctor, nurse or pharmacist (without a prescription).  

This is a backup method of birth control that can be taken a maximum of 5 days after unprotected sex. It is approximately 90% effective if taken as quickly as possible.

Although repeated use poses no known health risk, the morning after pill is not considered to be a regular method of birth control. It is only for emergency purposes. After taking it, you need to choose a more regular method to prevent unwanted pregnancies, such as condoms or the pill.

For more information, contact:

Contraception for men

For men, the most famous contraceptive method is the condom. The condom is the only effective protection against STBBIs.

For more information on the condom, visit the Jcapote.com website (in french only) and the website of the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux.

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Complications

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Protection and prevention

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Risk factors

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Help and Resources

Women's health organizations

Centre de santé des femmes de Montréal
The Centre de santé des femmes de Montréal is a community organization of women who work mainly in gynecological health. It provides voluntary termination of pregnancy (abortion) services, contraception services, gynecological consultations, etc.
514 270-6110

Women's Centre of Montreal
The Women's Centre of Montreal helps women in need. It provides food and clothing assistance, linguistic integration services, legal information, and various workshops and training courses.
514 842-4780

Organizations dedicated to men's health

  • Criphase
    Criphase is a resource and intervention centre for men who were victims of sexual abuse in their childhood.
  • Entraide pour hommes de Montréal (website in french only)
    Entraide pour hommes de Montréal offers support groups for men on fatherhood, marriage, depression, job loss, personal development, etc. (Groups in French).
  • Maison Oxygène (webiste in french only)
    Maison Oxygène is an environment for men experiencing marital and family difficulties. This service is intended primarily for fathers with children. (Services in French) 
  • Service d'aide aux conjoints (SAC)
    SAC offers assistance to men going through divorce, conflict, feelings of jealousy or domestic violence problems. 

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Dernière mise à jour le : 2019.03.23