FAQ…Frequently Asked Questions

The condom broke while we were having sex. What should I do?

A person concerned about sexually transmitted infections can arrange to be tested.  See a doctor or nurse practitioner .

A person who is concerned about pregnancy, can get Emergency Contraception Pills (ECP). If taken within 24 hours, they may be 95% effective in preventing pregnancy .  See www.sexualityandu.ca for more information.  ECP is sometimes referred to as the morning-after pill.

ECP may be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex. Effectiveness will be less each day that you wait.

If you need ECP, try one of these options:

  • see a doctor or nurse practitioner
  • go to “Emergency” at your local hospital (within 72 hours of unprotected sex)
  • see a nurse at a Teen Health Centre (youth option)
  • buy Plan B or Next Choice at a drug store (no prescription needed)

IUD’s are also sometimes used for emergency contraception. Contact a doctor.

Can I get pregnant while taking the pill?

Yes, but if you read the directions on your pill package and take them as directed, the risk of pregnancy is low. The Pill (or any single contraceptive method) is not 100% effective in preventing pregnancy.

Some medications, including antacids, can cause the Pill to be ineffective. Taking the Pill at the same time each day is also very important. Always use a second method of birth control (like condoms), in addition to the Pill, to reduce the risk of pregnancy. Only condoms will also reduce the risk of sexually tranmitted infections (STI).  For more information, call us.

Can I get STI testing at the Sexual Health Centre for Cumberland County? 

Sorry, No.  Call us for more information.