External Resources

In addition to the resources provided by Planned Parenthood Ottawa, here are some of the many wonderful organizations and online resources that can assist you in making informed decisions about sexual and reproductive health choices:

Pregnancy Options

PregnancyOptions.info

Featuring a Pregnancy Options workbook, guide to abortion methods, adoption options, spiritual and emotional resolution after an abortion, and more.

Teen Pregnancy Options via sexualityandu.ca

A resource from The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, which provides an overview of all Options.

Contraception / Safer Sex

Teen Health Source

Guides to anatomy, provides information about STIs and contraceptive options, as well as information on what it means to be pro-choice. This website is geared toward youth.

Contraception via sexualityandu.ca

A comprehensive guide to birth control methods directed at different age groups (youth, adults, parents, teachers), and has a useful comparison tool to assist people considering their contraceptive options.

Sexually Transmitted Infections via sexualityandu.ca

A guide to STIs and safer sex, includes information about barrier methods to reduce the risk of STIs.

Sex It Smart

Ottawa Public Health site to help increase condom use in Ottawa.  Includes an online order form for free condoms and a list of free condom locations in Ottawa.

Ella Dawson.com

STIs like Genital Herpes and HPV are common but also carry a lot of stigma. To learn more about STI stigma go to Ella Dawson’s website.

Healthy Sexuality and Disabilities

PleasureABLE via the Disabilities Health Research Network
A pdf manual that includes research, clinical expertise and product information for persons with various disabilities and health care professionals.

HIV/AIDS

AIDS Committee of Ottawa

Offers support, education, and prevention for those living with, or those at risk of HIV/AIDS. Also includes information about their Living Room drop-in program, support groups, outreach and prevention program, and Speakers’ Bureau.

Bruce House

Provides housing, support, and compassionate care for people living with HIV/AIDS in Ottawa, including their Supportive Independent Living Program and Transition House

Sexuality/LGBTQ2S+

The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (formerly Jer’s Vision)

Provides educational and arts-based initiatives, research, and resources for schools and communities, ranging from a full day of workshops with ongoing support to week-long training forums with integrated year-long projects.

Xtra

Free newspaper covering gay & lesbian news and event listings.

PFLAG Canada

National organisation providing support, resources, and education for parents and friends of LGBTQ2S+ people.

Rainbow Health Ontario

Rainbow Health Ontario is a province-wide program designed to improve access to services and to promote the health of Ontario’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBTQ2S+) communities.

Kind Space

Kind Space provides the Ottawa communities with many resources including events, social, and educational programming to celebrate and support people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

AlterHeros

An online community advocating for LGBTQ2S+ rights, and providing excellent resources and information. Includes an ‘ask-the-expert’ section where anyone can send in a question and have it answered by an AlterHeros expert.

Sexual Violence/Healthy Relationships

Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre (ORCC)

Provides a 24-hour crisis line (613-562-2333), public education, counselling and accompaniment service for clients to medical or legal appointments.

Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa

Provides survivor-directed support services by-women to-women who have experienced sexual violence, including support groups, one-on-one counselling, a 24-hour support line, and an accompaniment service to medical or legal appointments.

Men and Healing

Provides individual and couple counselling on subjects like recovering from physical and sexual abuse, anger management, emotional intelligence, and fathering. Open to all men. There is cost associated with their services.

Centre d’aide et de lutte contre les aggressions à caractère sexuel

French-speaking feminist organisation focused on prevention and support. Offers an info-line, support groups, a drop-in, as well as accompaniment to medical and legal appointments.

Parenting

Mothercraft Ottawa

Provides programs and services for parents with infants and young children, including prenatal classes, doula labour support, parenting classes, and playgroups.

More Resources

The Ottawa Sexual Health Centre

Provides free testing for STIs and pregnancy, rapid HIV testing, affordable contraception, and immunization on a walk-in or appointment basis.

Sex It Smart

Ottawa Public Health site to help increase condom use in Ottawa.  Includes and online order form for free condoms and a list of free condom locations in Ottawa.

Gay Zone Gaie

Provides screening and treatment of STIs, anonymous HIV testing, and community-building and wellness-promoting programming for gay men in Ottawa.

Venus Envy Ottawa

Education-oriented sex shop in downtown Ottawa, which also offers workshops on sex and relationships in a safe, sex-positive, non-judgmental environment.

Get Tested Why Not

Provides sexual health information, STI risk assessment quiz, free downloadable requisition form for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea testing and a sexual health texting service.

Sexual Health Organizations

Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights

Works to improve access to sexual and reproductive health services, education, abortion, and contraception through awareness campaigns, scholarships and awards, international projects and advocacy.

International Planned Parenthood Federation

A worldwide movement of national organizations and leading advocate for sexual and reproductive rights and health for all.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Working to improve health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and advocate for sexual and reproductive rights in America and internationally.

The Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN)

Serves to foster professional education and public knowledge about sexuality and sexual health. Publishes the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, provides research & analysis, and up-to-date sexual health information.

Resources for Teachers

The Canadian Guidelines For Sexual Health Education Published by the Public Health Agency of Canada

Guidelines and Activities for a Unified Approach to Sexuality, Gender, HIV, and Human Rights Education.

Jessica Feilds. (2008). Risky Lessons: Sex Education and Social Inequality.

Beyond the Basics online resource guide by Action Canada

Amaze

Amaze provides educational videos about sexual and reproductive health for youth.

Resources for Youth

Teen Health Source

Youth-oriented website with frequently updated content on all topics regarding sex, sexuality, health, relationships, puberty, and more.

Sexuality and U

Provides reliable and up-to-date information and education on sexual health. Teen section addresses questions about whether to have sex, using contraception, sexually transmitted infections, sexuality and gender orientation, sexual assault and more.

Scarleteen.com

Scarleteen is an independent, grassroots sexuality and relationships education and support organization and website.

Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN)

The Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN) is an organization by and for Indigenous youth that works across issues of sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice throughout the United States and Canada.

Sexplanations

Youtube channel run by Dr. Lindsey Doe, Sexplanations provides clinical sex education.

S.E.X., second edition: The All-You-Need-To-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties. By Heather Corinna (2016). 

The Pillow Talk Project

The project “exists to push the world to rethink not only how we see men, but the archaic, violent, and dangerous archetypes of masculinity that adversely affect all of us, especially women, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community.”

Amaze

Amaze provides educational videos about sexual and reproductive health for youth.

Doin’ It

Doin’ It is a sex-positive, queer-positive, pleasure-positive, body-positive sexual health resource for youth created in the Waterloo Region.

Oh Joy Sex Toy

Educational cartoons covering sexual health education topics such as periods, polyamory, how to put on a condom and many more.

Bedsider

Provides information on birth control (contraceptives).

Body Positive Instagrams

A variety of Instagram profiles that demonstrate the diversity of bodies either through cartoons or real images.

@joannathangiah @thenakediaries @zinteta @the.vulva.gallery @recipesforselflove

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