What types of birth control can I get in Ontario?

You can get many types of birth control in Ontario. Some types of birth control are widely available.

Birth control is also called contraception or contraceptives.

These are some common types of birth control:

  • Condoms (male and female)
  • Contraceptive sponge, foam, and jelly
  • Intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Birth control pill ("the pill")
  • Contraceptive injections (Depo-Provera)
  • Emergency contraceptive pill (birth control that prevents pregnancy after sex) 

Some types of birth control help prevent sexually-transmitted infections (STI), and many do not. Most types of birth control are not 100% effective.

You need a prescription for some types of birth control. For example, you need a doctor's prescription to get the birth control pill.

You can buy other kinds of birth control at pharmacies, drug stores, grocery stores and convenience stores. For example, condoms are widely available at these stores. Some community health centres and sexual health clinics give out free condoms.

Talk with a health care professional and your partner to figure out which type of birth control is right for you.

For More Information

  • Birth Control Methods - Information about different types of birth control and how to choose a method that's right for you. From Peel Public Health.
  • Birth Control and Where to Get It - Information about different types of birth control and where you can get them. From Toronto Public Health.
  • What are contraceptives (birth control)? - Information about some forms of birth control that you can get in Ontario, and links to more information. It is from NewYouth.ca, a website for young newcomers to Ontario.
  • What's Next for Me - Information on different types of emergency contraception and how to access it. From the Women's College Hospital.
Last updated: May 5, 2016 4001337