Contraceptives are devices that prevent pregnancy. A woman often chooses to prevent pregnancy if her circumstances are not ideal to raise a child. We offer contraceptive services for women because we believe in a woman’s right to make decisions of this nature for herself and her body.
Our walk in clinic Vancouver doctors want you to know that preventing a pregnancy is not the same as terminating a pregnancy. Contraceptives do not allow the egg and sperm to meet, whereas a termination takes place after fertilization has taken place.
What Contraceptives Does Our Vancouver Clinic Offer?
Our walk in clinic Vancouver doctors have access to a variety of contraceptives. As the risks and success rates of each vary, we strongly advise you to consult with us to determine which device will work best for you.Some of your options include:• Hormonal methods: Hormones are deposited into the body via a pill, patch, IUD (Mirena®) or injection. The hormones stop your ovaries from releasing an egg. Hormonal contraceptives are highly effective. Birth control pills, for example, are 99 per cent effective.While most side effects of hormonal options are minimal and most people do not have any issues, you must be on the lookout for blood clots. Some also report weight gain, however today’s modern hormonal methods deliver a much smaller dose of estrogen, so weight gain is usually a little water retention or a side effect that goes away as the body adjusts. If the weight gain persists, you can speak with your doctor about switching methods.• Non-hormonal devices: These are also called barrier devices and include condoms, non-hormonal IUDs, spermicides, sponges and withdrawal. There are no drugs or hormones in barrier devices.
Our walk in clinic Vancouver doctors point out that while some barrier devices can be effective, methods such as withdrawal are not very effective at all.• Emergency contraction: In the cases of rape, unplanned consensual sex or failure of your contraceptive device, you may need emergency contraception. The most common one is a pill. You can speak with a doctor in our Vancouver walk in clinic or purchase emergency contraception over-the-counter without a prescription at a pharmacy.
Contraceptives and STDs
While condoms are effective to help prevent STDs, many contraceptive devices are not. Simply Wellness urges you to always protect yourself from STDs. Using a condom and a contraceptive in tandem is a great way to reduce your risk of both infection and pregnancy.
Our walk in clinic Vancouver medical team is here to help you with all your health-related needs, including sexual health. To learn more, please visit us. If you are feeling a little shy about the subject and want to read up on it first, we understand; but know that you don’t have to feel shy, embarrassed or judged when it comes to your sexual needs. We are happy to answer your questions, provide information and help you choose the best contraceptive method for your lifestyle – whatever that lifestyle may be.