Birth Control Pill 2017-02-05T21:45:44+00:00

Birth control pill

What is the birth control pill?

The birth control pill uses hormones to stop your body from ovulating, which is also called releasing an egg. This reduces the risk of pregnancy because an egg is needed in order to create a pregnancy. The pill also thins the lining of the uterus and thickens cervical mucus. The pill can provide relief from menstrual or premenstrual (aka. period) issues such as acne or irregular or painful periods.

How does the pill work?

For a 21-day pill pack:

  • Take 1 pill every day at the same time every day for 21 days.
  • After 21 days, do not start a new pack of pills for the next 7 days. This is when you will have a period.
  • After 7 days open up a new 21 day pill pack and start a new cycle.

For a 28-day pill pack:

  • Take 1 pill every day at the same time every day for 21 days.
  • After 21 days, you can avoid taking pills for the next 7 days or you can take 1 sugar pill daily. You will have a period during these 7 days.
  • After 7 days, open up a new 28-day pill pack and start a new cycle.

Where can you get the pill?

The pill is available at the pharmacy with a prescription.

How much does the pill cost?

At the pharmacy the pill costs about $30 for a month’s supply. The Sexual Health Centre at 179 Clarence Street provides some brands of oral contraceptives at the discounted rate of 10$ or $15.

How effective is the pill?

The pill is 92% effective at reducing the risk of pregnancy with typical use.

Does the pill reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections?

No. The pill does not reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections.

Reasons someone might choose this method of birth control

  • You are looking for a highly effective form of birth control
  • You want a method that is discrete, aka. not visible to other people
  • You have irregular or painful periods and could benefit from the hormone-regulating effects of the pill

Reasons someone might not choose this method of birth control

  • You think you might have trouble taking the pill at the same time every day
  • You are looking for a method that also reduces the risk of sexually transmitted infections
  • You experience unwanted side effects from taking the pill. If this happens, talk your doctor or nurse about switching to a different brand of pill or new method of birth control.