Entries by Taryn

If I think I’m pregnant, can I take Plan B to end the pregnancy?

If you are already pregnant, Plan B will not end the pregnancy because it is not an abortion pill.

Plan B is a pill that can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected penis-in-vagina sex to prevent pregnancy from happening. It is the most effective when taken as soon as possible.

Mifegymiso is the abortion pill that can be taken up to nine weeks of pregnancy. Read more! “If I think I’m pregnant, can I take Plan B to end the pregnancy?”

Sex, Dating & COVID-19

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As you may already know, Planned Parenthood Regina (PPR) is currently closed until April 6th, 2020 (but we may need to stay closed longer if it is recommended by Public Health and the Saskatchewan Government) to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19). Read more! “Sex, Dating & COVID-19”

Do you do free ultrasounds?

We do not have an ultrasound machine or technician in our clinic. Ultrasounds are free with your Saskatchewan Health Services card. A doctor or nurse practitioner will have to give you a referral to get an ultrasound at one of the medical imaging centres in the city. You can contact us, a family doctor or walk-in clinic to request one.

Our social worker provides pregnancy options counselling and can help arrange the ultrasound appointment while supporting you through the process. Read more! “Do you do free ultrasounds?”

Why has my period lasted more than two weeks?

There could be many reasons, so it’s best to ask a healthcare provider, like a family doctor or one of our practitioners.

Not all reasons are a cause for concern, it could be a common side effect of having an IUD or being on hormonal birth control.

Tracking your period and symptoms on your calendar or using an app can help give your healthcare provider helpful information when you see them. Read more! “Why has my period lasted more than two weeks?”

I had sex with my girlfriend and the condom broke but she’s on the pill. Do we need Plan B?

Birth control pills are said to be 99.7% effective with perfect use (using them around the same time every day). If your partner has forgotten to take them recently, it would be a good idea to get Plan B.  Otherwise, your chances of pregnancy are incredibly low and you shouldn’t need Plan B.

If you are unsure, you can always give us a call and ask to speak with a nurse. Read more! “I had sex with my girlfriend and the condom broke but she’s on the pill. Do we need Plan B?”

Do you offer trauma therapy?

We have a social worker who is trauma aware and offers counselling and support for issues related to sexual health (like pregnancy options, stress after a positive STI diagnosis, relationship issues, sexual assault, etc.). Due to demand, she can only offer 4 to 6 sessions and can’t provide long-term counselling. If you need help finding a therapist, she could try to help you find one. Read more! “Do you offer trauma therapy?”

When is the best time to have an IUD inserted?

An IUD can be inserted at any time but we must be certain that a person is not pregnant. This means that there has been no unprotected penis-in-vagina sex the week before insertion, a reliable method of birth control has been used consistently, and there has been no missed period. Before an insert, we get a urine sample to test for pregnancy.

Our practitioners recommend trying to schedule the insertion during a person’s period because their cervix is likely to be dilated (open), making insertion easier and more comfortable, but it’s not necessary. Read more! “When is the best time to have an IUD inserted?”

COVID-19 Updates & Precautions

March 24, 2020

For more information about sexual health services in Regina and recommendations for safer sex practices in relation to COVID-19, please read our blog post here.

 

March 18, 2020

Due to the state of emergency declared in the province we will be CLOSED as of Saturday, March 21st at 5pm for AT LEAST 2 WEEKS.

Unfortunately, all appointments on Friday, March 19th and Saturday, March 20th are cancelled and we apologize for the inconvenience. Read more! “COVID-19 Updates & Precautions”