Affordable birth control in Victoria, BC
We can help you get a birth control method that works for you. Make an appointment at any of our clinics to get birth control at any of our sexual health clinics in the Greater Victoria area.
We offer most methods of birth control at affordable prices, and we can teach you everything you need to know about choosing and using birth control.
Most types of birth control do not protect you against sexually transmitted infections such as HIV. See our sex safety overview to learn how to avoid getting or giving sexually transmitted infections.
We offer most methods of birth control
See the side menu for an alphabetical list of all types of birth control we offer, or browse these birth control categories:
- Hormonal birth control
- Barrier birth control
- Spermicidal birth control
- Behavioural birth control
- Surgical sterilization
Hormonal methods deliver chemicals that prevent a woman from getting pregnant. They do not prevent infections. Side effects vary for each woman. We offer several hormonal methods:
Intrauterine devices (IUD)
An IUD is a small, plastic device that is inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. We offer both copper and hormone types.
Barrier methods work by blocking sperm from reaching an ovum (egg) cell. There are barriers for use by all.
Spermicides are creams, gels or foams that contain a chemical to kill sperm. They are most effective in combination with other methods. We do not sell sponges or spermicide at this time. They can be purchased at most pharmacies.
- Withdrawal is not effective at preventing pregnancy
- The fertility awareness method can be effective for some couples
Males and Birth Control
Experience and research have taught us that birth control methods are more effective when both partners know how they are correctly used. Yet many of our males tell us they haven’t had the opportunity to learn about different birth control options. In response to that, one of our male practicum students developed a handout that covers some basics. Some methods that are taken by females are time sensitive, and some people may forget to take or use them because life gets in the way sometimes. When males know how a method works, there is less of a chance of misuse. If someone forgets, their partner can remind them.
Because most methods are used by females, males might feel that they have little power when it comes to birth control use. This is far from true. Males can decline sex if their partner refuses to use contraceptive methods. They can also talk to partners that aren’t using or don’t know about birth control. Not all people will have had the same level of sexual health education. Some females may not have learned that the pill is time-sensitive, for example. By learning about the many different types of birth control, males can take the initiative when it comes to contraception.
Unintended pregnancy can be a big worry for sexual partners. Both partners share responsibility, cost, and emotional strain of an unintended pregnancy. When both partners know about contraceptive use and effectiveness, a lot of worries can be put to rest. This can lead to an increase in sexual and emotional pleasure for both partners.
- Increases the effectiveness of the contraceptive method.
- Allows males to be an active partner in reducing the risk of unintended pregnancy.
- Puts partners at ease knowing that there is less risk of unintended pregnancy.
- Builds relationship trust and intimacy.
Surgical methods (permanent)
We can recommend and provide referrals (where appropriate) to Doctors who perform surgical sterilization.