Birth control

Please note: the rates of effectiveness used here show how effective a birth control method is in actual use. Most methods can be higher than this if used perfectly. The numbers here take into account imperfect circumstances and human error. These numbers are based on the clinical practice guidelines of The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC).

IUD (intrauterine device)

Over 99% effective

A flexible plastic T-shaped device with a string for removal.

$75-$400 depending on the type

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Vasectomy

99.8% effective

A minor procedure that prevents the release of sperm with ejaculation. This is a permanent method.


Cost is covered by MSP

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Tubal ligation

99.5% effective

Surgery to close the fallopian tubes to prevent sperm from reaching the eggs. This is a permanent method.


Cost is covered by MSP

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Depo-Provera injection

94% effective

A progestin hormone injection.

$25-$45 every 3 months

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Birth control pills

91% effective

A daily pill containing combined hormones.


$15-$30 per month

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Progestin-only pills

91% effective

A daily pill containing only one hormone, called progesterone.


$15-$30 per month

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Evra patch

91% effective

A plastic sticker with progestin and estrogen.


$15-$30 per month

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NuvaRing

91% effective

A flexible plastic ring containing progestin and estrogen.


$15-$30 per month

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Male / external condoms

82% effective

A latex or non-latex covering that fits over an erect penis before intercourse.


$0.50-$2 per condom

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Female / internal condoms

79% effective

A soft nitrile pouch inserted into the vagina before intercourse.


$1.50-$2 per condom

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Withdrawal / pull-out method

78% effective

When the penis is taken out of the vagina before male ejaculation.


No immediate cost

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Fertility Awareness/
rhythm

76% effective

Avoiding intercourse on the days of the menstrual cycle when a pregnancy is most likely to occur.


No immediate cost

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Spermicides

72% effective

A film, foam, gel, cream, suppository or sponge used during intercourse.


$15-20 for several uses

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Combining methods

Usually over 95% effective

When more than one birth control method is used.


Cost varies

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No method

15% effective

When no birth control method is used.


No immediate cost

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