Sexual Health

Birth Control


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If you don’t use birth control, you have an 85% chance of getting pregnant.

Learn about birth control options from My Health Alberta. From their website:

Birth Control

​​​ Birth control methods are ​ways to help prevent pregnancy. If you don’t use birth control, you have an 85% chance of getting pregnant if you have unprotected sex for 1 year.

There are many methods of birth control. Some methods prevent a pregnancy by stopping the ovaries from releasing an egg during ovulation. Other methods of birth control act as a barrier to prevent sperm from reaching and getting inside the egg.

Using dual protection for any sexual activity gives the best protection against unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Dual protection means using a condom to decrease the chances of getting an STI and using another method birth control to prevent pregnancy. It’s safe for most people to take birth control and use it as long as they want to.

It’s best to choose a method of birth control that fits your lifestyle. This will give you the best protection because you’ll be more likely to use it correctly and consistently. Talk to your health care provider about your medical history, lifestyle and the method of birth control that you think is right for you.

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