Emergency contraception works to prevent pregnancy after sex. It is intended to be used as a back up method if another method of birth control has been misused or nothing has been used. The closer to sex that emergency contraception is used, the more effective it will be in preventing pregnancy. Emergency contraception does not provide protection from any STIs.
There are currently 2 types of contraception that can be used as emergency contraception.
1. Emergency Contraception Pills (ECP) **Often called Norlevo or Plan B**
2. Copper IUD
Emergency Contraceptive Pills (ECP)
Emergency contraceptive Pills (ECP) are also known as Morning after pill, Plan B, Norlevo or ECP. These hormone
pill are taken after unprotected sex or after a birth control failure (condom breaking, missed pill, etc.). You do not have to be a certain age or need a prescription to get ECP, you can get them from Island Sexual Health, Victoria Youth Clinic or many pharmacies. The cost for the methods will vary from $17-40 depending where you get them. You can often get them for little or no charge at Island Sexual Health and Victoria Youth Clinic.
Health Canada states that ECP are less effective in women weighing 165 to 176 pounds (75-80 kg), and are not effective in women over 176 pounds (80 kg). Women who weigh 165 pounds or more are advised to ask a health professional, such as a doctor or pharmacist, for advice on alternative methods of emergency contraception.
To be used as emergency contraception, the Copper IUD can be inserted within 7 days after sex and is 99% effective against pregnancy. One of the other benefits of using Copper IUD as emergency contraception is that it can remain in the uterus for up to 5 years after insertion. This option is not available as a drop in service and is only available with an appointment at our Quadra Street Location. The cost is $70 plus GST.