Birth Control


What We Offer

  • Prescriptions
  • Low-cost birth control sales
  • Emergency Contraception (Plan B/Ella/Copper IUD)
  • IUD consults, inserts & removals
  • Free Trustex latex condoms
  • Condom/dental dam/lube sales (ONE and ATLAS brand)


Prices

A prescription is required to purchase any birth control, except condoms. Original prescriptions from doctors outside of our clinic can be brought in or faxed to us at 306-522-8860. We cannot direct bill to drug plans, but can provide a receipt for patients to submit themselves. We accept debit, cash, or credit. 

Prices are current as of August 2021.

Pills

  • Alysena 21 & 28*
  • Linessa
  • Ovima 21 & 28*
  • Lolo
  • Marvelon 21 & 28
  • Yasmin
  • TriCira Lo 21 & 28 – $15/pack
  • Yaz – $18/pack

*We carry the generic versions of these to keep costs low (Alysena instead of Alesse & Ovima instead of Min-Ovral)

Other Methods

  • Evra Patch – $15/pack
  • Nuva Ring – $15/ring
  • Depo Provera – $35/injection (3 months)


Intra-Uterine Devices (IUDs)

  • Mona Lisa (5-year Copper) – $100
  • Mona Lisa (10-year Copper) – $120
  • Mirena (5-year Hormonal) – $400
  • Kyleena (5-year Hormonal) – $400

To find out how to get an IUD from us, please see our IUD page.


Emergency Contraception

  • Plan B – $15*
  • Ella – $20
  • Copper IUD – $100 (Please call to book in for insert ASAP)

*Our nurses may offer 2 doses of Plan B for $20 as an option for folks over 165lb/75kg


Barriers

  • External Latex Condoms by Trustex – FREE
  • External Condoms by ONE & ATLAS (in different sizes & flavours) – 3 for $1 | 15 for $5
  • Latex-Free External Condoms – $0.50 each
  • Latex-Free Internal Condoms – $2.00 each


Other Safer Sex Supplies

These items are NOT birth control, but they are available for purchase.

  • Dental Dams – $1 each
  • Water-based Lube Packets by OASIS – 3 for $1 | 8 for $2 | 30 for $5


For more information on birth control and reproductive health, check out The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada.


Call us at 306-522-0902 to schedule an appointment or arrange for curbside sales.

Frequently Asked Questions about Hormonal Birth Control

Hormonal birth control is made of synthetic hormones that mimic the estrogen and progesterone naturally produced in our bodies. These hormones change the menstrual cycle and prevent pregnancy processes (ovulation, fertilization, and implantation) from occurring. 

Effectiveness rates for each method of birth control are based on research that tells us how many people using that method out of 1000 are likely to get pregnant within one year. Even if someone is using birth control, there is always a chance that pregnancy can happen. How effective a method is depends on whether it is used correctly and consistently.

“Perfect Use” refers to using a method exactly as prescribed each and every time.

“Typical Use” is a more realistic average rate that takes human error into account.

See this chart from the Society of Obstetricians & Gynecologists of Canada for more info:

Birth Control Effectiveness Chart

You need to get a prescription (Rx) to be able to purchase hormonal birth control.  Prescriptions can be written by a family doctor, pharmacist, or nurse practitioner. You can go to your family doctor, community sexual health clinic, walk-in clinic, or a pharmacy to get a prescription. To see us or your family doctor, you will have to call ahead to book an appointment.

Prescriptions are often written to allow you to purchase a 6-12 month supply and expire one year from the date they were written. You will have to get a new prescription written to continue taking the medication after the year is up. 

Please note that not all pharmacists are able to prescribe so it’s a good idea to call ahead to be sure. As well, most places only allow a 2-4 month supply to be purchased at a time.

Unfortunately, birth control is not free even though everyone has the right to access it and choose the timing and spacing of their pregnancies.

We sell birth control at the lowest cost possible (see our options and price list). Prices will likely be higher at pharmacies and each pharmacy may charge different prices (including a dispensing fee every time you fill a prescription). 

Folks who have secondary health insurance (through an employer, parent/guardian, or post-secondary institution) may get some drug coverage depending on their plan. You can call the insurance company to find out how much they will pay for your prescription. 

PPR is not a pharmacy and can’t direct bill insurance companies for our clients. When you purchase from us, we can give you a receipt to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. If you prefer direct billing to lower the amount you have to pay up front, you may get a prescription faxed to your pharmacy if you prefer. 

If you are a First Nations person registered under the Indian Act (commonly referred to as a Status Indian), you qualify for Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) and can get free birth control and condoms from a pharmacy. 

Folks with a Saskatchewan Health Card can ask their pharmacist to help them apply for Low Income Support Drug Coverage that may help cover some of the cost of birth control.

For folks who do not have a Saskatchewan Health Card (or any Canadian provincial health insurance number), PPR is the best place to get a birth control prescription from. Medical appointments are free and a health card is not required to access our services. You can purchase birth control from us directly and avoid extra charges from a pharmacy.

If you start a method (pills, patch, ring, shot, hormonal IUD) within the first five days of your menstrual cycle, you are protected from pregnancy immediately.

If you start at any other time during your menstrual cycle, you’ll be protected from pregnancy after 7 days of using it. Use another method of birth control — like a condom — if you have vaginal sex during that time.

Exceptions:

The progestin-only pill can be started at any time and pregnancy protection begins after 2 days.

The copper IUD is effective immediately.

Benefits: 

91-99% effective

Reversible 

Does not interfere with sex

Regulates menstrual period

May reduce menstrual flow & cramps

Can decrease PMS symptoms

Possible side effects:

Breast tenderness, nausea or headaches

May cause irregular bleeding and spotting (small amounts of menstrual blood)

Must be taken as prescribed to be most effective

May increase risk of blood clots

Does not protect against STIs (sexually transmitted infections)

Pay attention to your body and talk to your healthcare provider if you notice any unwanted side effects. Most go away after 3-6 months. Unfortunately, many side effects may have multiple causes and it can take some trial and error to figure out. You get to decide the level of pregnancy risk you are comfortable with and which method is best for you.

Use SOGC’s Stay on Schedule Quiz to figure out your next steps: STAY ON SCHEDULE

Forgetting a dose may cause you to ovulate. Pregnancy risk increases depending on whether you’ve had vaginal sex around that time.

You may call our clinic and ask to speak to a nurse about emergency contraception like Plan B or Ella and get advice on how to restart your birth control. You may have to use a back-up method like condoms for a week to decrease risk of pregnancy.

Hormonal birth control can help get rid of a person’s period and will not interfere with gender-affirming hormones.

If you want to avoid synthetic estrogen, there are progestin-only methods (pill, shot, IUD) and the copper IUD is a hormone-free option.

Testosterone may reduce fertility but is not a form of birth control and may cause birth defects to a developing fetus. Pregnancy is still possible depending on the kind of sex a person is having.

You deserve positive, respectful and affirming healthcare. Contact us if you need help accessing sexual health care and we will try to connect you with providers or supports in the community.