Learn about the services we offer to support your sexual and reproductive health. Access helpful resources.
View trusted sources of information for teachers, parents and children on puberty, sexual reproduction, understanding your body and more:
- Your Body (The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada)
- AboutKidsHealth (The Hospital for Sick Children)
- Teaching Sexual Health (Alberta Health Services)
- Developmental Stages in Sexual Health Teaching for Teachers and Parents
- Menstrual Hygiene Products and Schools
- Resources for Teachers and PHNs
We provide a variety of information and resources around pregnancy.
Free pregnancy testing and sexual health counselling for youth is available at your local public health centre, or speak to your health-care provider.
If your pregnancy test is negative
- If you still have not had your period after two more weeks, you should take another pregnancy test
- If you want to avoid pregnancy, ask your health-care provider about birth control options that are right for you
If your pregnancy test is positive
Deciding what to do about an unplanned pregnancy is not easy. You may want to take some time to think about your options, or talk about them with someone you trust, including your health-care provider.
Consider the pros and cons of each option:
- Becoming a parent
- Placing the baby for adoption
- Having an abortion
Information and counselling about all these pregnancy options are available toll-free from the Pregnancy Options Service Line at BC Women’s Hospital at 1-888-875-3163 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT).
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Protect yourself and be informed by learning more about our sexually transmitted infection (STI) services. It’s important to know that:
- STIs can occur any time you have sexual contact
- Condoms, when used properly, can lower the chances of getting an STI
- STIs can affect your general health, well-being and ability to have children
- It is easier to prevent an STI than to treat one once it has happened
HIV & health outreach
Knowing your HIV status is an important part of a healthy sex life and a good relationship. Did you know that one in seven people who are HIV positive don’t know it?
HIV is treatable and, while it is a chronic infection with no cure, medications can help you to live a healthy and full life. We have awareness, testing, prevention and treatment services to reduce HIV transmission.
Abortions are free with current Medical Service Plan coverage. Information and counselling about abortion and pregnancy options are available toll-free from the Pregnancy Options Service Line at BC Women’s Hospital at 1-888-875-3163 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT).
For more information, including where to access services in your area:
Contraception is a way to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. Some contraceptive choices are available over-the-counter at a drugstore while others require a prescription. In addition to your primary health-care provider, your community may have youth clinics or options for sexual health clinics that provide lower cost birth control.
Emergency contraception (EC) methods are both available with and without prescription at a drug store. EC must be taken as soon as possible after unprotected intercourse. Some communities have youth clinics or options for sexual health clinics or public health nurses that provide lower cost EC.
Resources on this topic include:
- QMUNITY: B.C.’s Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit Resource Centre
- Trans Care BC (Provincial Health Services Authority)
- Hormone Injection Supplies toolkit
- BC Government Gender Equity & LGBTQ2S+ Resources
- Gender Resources BC Children’s Hospital
- What’s on Queer BC resources
- Kelty BC Gender & Sexuality
- Gender Basics Trans Care BC
- SOGI 123
- HealthLink BC Gender Identity and Transgender Issues
- Pflag Canada
- Gender & Sexual Orientation - Foundry - (foundrybc.ca)
- ANKORS BC LGBTQ2IA+ Resources
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