CondomThe condom is the most widely used contraceptive method. Why?
Condoms are the only way to protect yourself against both pregnancy and many BBSTIs. What’s more, they’re accessible to everyone: in drugstores, from health care professionals, at school, etc. They’re not expensive and sometimes they’re even distributed free!
ContraceptionIs one particular contraceptive method best for teens?
Everyone has a contraceptive method that suits them best. For example, some girls find it difficult to remember to take the pill every day at the same time. And condoms have to be put on every time you have sex. If that’s a disadvantage for you or if you have questions, talk to your doctor or a pharmacist. They’ll be able to advise you on the best contraceptive method for YOU.
Consulting a health care professionalCan I consult without my parents finding out?
After age 14, your medical file is confidential. You can consult a health care professional without having to tell your parents. However, your parents’ consent is necessary if medical treatment could represent a serious health risk for you or if it could have serious, permanent effects. Your parents will also be informed if you spend more than 12 hours in a health or social services institution.
Contraception: who’s responsible?Is contraception a shared responsibility?
Yes. The burden isn’t on one person alone: both partners are responsible for ensuring that they have safe sex. In a heterosexual relationship, the guy can support and encourage his partner. He can help her choose and pay for a contraceptive method and plan how they’ll use it. And the girl can tell him about the contraceptive method she uses. That way, the guy will feel more involved and play a more active role.
Withdrawal techniqueDoes withdrawal (coitus interruptus) work?
Withdrawal means that the man withdraws his penis before ejaculating, which he does away from the woman’s genitals. It’s a very risky practice because you need a lot of self-control to manage to pull out at the right time. Furthermore, pre-ejaculatory fluid, which is secreted when a man is aroused, can also contain sperm cells. So the woman can still get pregnant; in fact, this happens 22 times out of 100. As well, this method doesn’t protect against BBSTIs.
PrescriptionCan a nurse prescribe a contraceptive for me?
Yes. A doctor can give a specially trained nurse a prescription, called a collective prescription for hormonal contraceptives. If you’re in good health, this nurse has the right to give you access to a hormonal contraceptive for 6 months. These methods include the vaginal ring, injectable contraceptive, mini pill, pill, and patch. To find a nurse near you, call Info-Santé at 811