Sexuality, Birth Control and Pregnancy

If you’re feeling pressured to have sex, you may need to have a look at your relationship. It’s your body and you have the ability to choose what to do with it. Not having sex doesn’t mean you don’t care for your partner, and it is okay to say “no”, even if you’ve said “yes” before. Sex isn’t for everyone at every time, so don’t let others make your decision.

You can get the facts abut sex and birth control at the places listed here. If you think you or a friend might be pregnant, remember that it will not go away if you ignore it. It is very important to get a pregnancy test as soon as possible (this can be confidential). Very soon, you could be faced with difficult decisions that will affect your entire life. You should talk to an adult you trust, whether it’s a parent, teacher, counsellor, or someone at a sexual health clinic for help – support is up to you.

IPIC Education and Counselling Services
http://www.ipiceducation.ca

Rental of breast pumps * lactation consultation * counselling for postpartum depression, infant loss, colic, crying and other parenting concerns * private prenatal education available upon request

Stratford House of Blessing
http://www.shob.org

Support, educate, and provide a multitude of resources for the women and men of our community in a caring, safe, and confidential environment

Offers free pregnancy tests * literature * emotional support * referrals * maternity and baby supplies

Room2Grow Pregnancy & Parenting Support Centre
http://www.room2grow.info

A non-profit volunteer based pregnancy care centre providing:
* free pregnancy tests
* support
* networking to local community resources
* a safe place to talk
* education for all options available to young women
* Mom’s support group
* food and clothing available.
* referrals and coupons for Rack & Room
Do no refer to abortion clinics, but do offer post abortion counselling.

Perth District Health Unit
http://www.pdhu.on.ca

Healthy Babies, Health Children program provides home visits by public health nurse and home visitors to expectant mothers and new parents who need support. If you have lots of questions and need help adjusting to life with a new baby, home visits help you learn about:

* having a healthy pregnancy and birth
* connecting with your baby
* how children grow and develop, and what you can do to help them learn
* being a parent
* breastfeeding and healthy nutrition
* taking care of yourself and your family
* other services available to you and your child in your community

Home visiting is available when you are pregnant, after the baby is born or as your child grows. There is no cost to you for the program and your participation is voluntary.

Huron County Health Unit
http://www.huronhealthunit.ca/health-topics/child-health/healthy-babies-healthy-children-program/

Services for parents, prenatal and after birth of their child * prevention and early intervention strategies to support in promotion of growth and development of children aged 0-6 years * Public Health Nurse and Parent Resource Visitor provide families with support, resources, tools and strategies to support healthy child development and enhance family well being

Services offered include prenatal and postpartum support, home visits, screening and assessment for child development, parenting support and referrals to other community services.

Perth District Health Unit
http://www.pdhu.on.ca

* Health Connection is a free drop-in service
* Provides information about birth control options
* Low cost control, pregnancy testing and options counselling
* HIV testing
* STI testing and treatment
* Safer injection and safer smoking supplies
* Public Health Nurse is on site to provide counselling and education about sexual health issues
* No Health Card is required

Perth District Health Unit
http://www.pdhu.on.ca

Free drop-in service providing:
* information about birth control options
* low cost birth control
* HIV testing
* STI testing and treatment
* pregnancy tests and options counselling
* safer injection and safer smoking supplies
* Public Health Nurse on site to provide counselling and education about sexual health issues

Perth District Health Unit
http://www.pdhu.on.ca

* Provides counselling about birth control options
* Low cost and free birth control
* Pap testing
* Pregnancy testing & options
* HIV testing
* STI testing
* Free treatment
* Safer injection and safer smoking supplies
* Nurse Practitioner is on site during some clinic hours
* Health Card is required for some tests

Perth District Health Unit
http://www.pdhu.on.ca

Free service * provides counselling about birth control options * low cost and free birth control * pap testing * pregnancy testing and options counselling * HIV testing, STI testing and free treatment * Nurse Practitioner is on site during most clinic hours * Health Card is required for some tests

Perth District Health Unit
http://www.pdhu.on.ca

* Provide counselling about birth control options
* Low cost and free birth control
* Pap testing
* Pregnancy testing & options counselling
* HIV testing
* STI testing and treatment
* Safer injection and safer smoking supplies
* Physician or Nurse Practioner is on site during some clinic hours
* Health Card is required for some tests

Huron County Health Unit
http://www.huronhealthunit.ca/clinics-and-classes/clinics/

Drop-in clinic with public health nurse able to provide low cost birth control, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing and counselling, STI testing and treatment and referrals

Also provides doctor-led clinics available once a month, by appointment only * clinic also in Wingham, see separate entry for details

Perth District Health Unit
http://www.pdhu.on.ca

The Perth District Health Unit works in partnership with the community to foster conditions in which people can be healthy * promote health, protect health, and prevent disease by providing community health services and programs for Perth County

Services include: prenatal classes * stop smoking help * sexual health clinics * immunization * communicable disease investigations and outbreak control * food safety inspections * rabies investigations * safe drinking water measures