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We can help you get birth control that works for you. Make an appointment at any of our clinics for more information.

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. See our sex safety overview to learn how to avoid contracting or passing 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 methods

Hormonal methods deliver synthetic hormones that cause changes inside the reproductive system to prevent pregnancy. They do not prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections. Side effects can vary for each method and each user. We offer several hormonal methods:

Intrauterine devices (IUD)

An IUD is a small, plastic device that is inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy that can be used longer term. They are highly effective and reversible – that’s when they are often referred to as LARC – long acting reversible contraceptives. We offer education, prescriptions and insertions for non hormonal (copper) and hormonal (Mirena and Jaydess) types.

Barrier methods

Barrier methods work by blocking sperm from reaching an ovum (egg) cell. There are barriers for use by all.

Spermicidal methods

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.

Behavioural methods

Partners and Birth Control

Experience and research have taught us that birth control methods are more effective when all partners know how they are correctly used. Yet many of the partners of our clients tell us they haven’t had the opportunity to learn about different birth control options. In response to that we have developed a handout that covers some basics.

Some methods are time sensitive (meaning they need to be used at or as close to the same schedule as possible) and some people may forget to 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 people who can become pregnant, partners might feel that they have little power when it comes to birth control use.  This is far from true. Partners 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 pill users may not have learned that the pill is time-sensitive, for example. By learning about the many different types of birth control, all partners can share the responsibility 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  partners.

Partner involvement:

  • Increases the effectiveness of the contraceptive method.
  • Allows all partners to be active and responsible 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.