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If you are having regular unprotected intercourse, over the course of a year the average is 85-90% of women will become pregnant.
The cap is not readily available in Canada. A diaphragm is available but in the past all required a fitting with your healthcare provider, there is a new option of a one-size-fits-all called the Caya® Diaphragm which is readily available and should be used with a contraceptive jelly.
A diaphragm needs to be left in 6-8 hours after intercourse. You should insert additional contraceptive jelly if you are having repeated acts of intercourse during that time period.
Yes, the hormonal contraceptive prevents your body from building up the lining of the uterine wall which is shed with each monthly cycle. The duration, volume and frequency of your menstrual cycle should be part of your ongoing contraception conversations with your healthcare provider.
NEXPLANON® has been approved by Health Canada and is now available. It is implanted under the skin of the upper arm and lasts up to three years, you can remove it prior to three years but it is not recommended to leave it in longer than that.
We always recommend people use condoms at all times as STI protection in addition to your birth control. Dual protection will reduce your likelihood of becoming pregnant but no method is 100% effective.
You typically ovulate about 14 days after the first day of your last period, if you do not become pregnant your menstrual cycle will begin about 14 after that. In the case of ovulation after a pregnancy, miscarriage or abortion you may ovulate before your first period begins, resulting in a pregnancy.
About the SOGC
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) is a professional health association representing a multidisciplinary membership of over 3,500 health professionals, including obstetricians, gynaecologists, family physicians, nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals, all working in the field of sexual and reproductive health.
The Society’s mission is to promote excellence in the practice of obstetrics and gynaecology, and to advance the health of women at home and around the world through leadership, advocacy, collaboration, and education.
The SOGC is Canada’s leading authority on sexual and reproductive health and produces national guidelines for public and medical education.