2009 Marks 40 Years of Choice and Sexual Empowerment for Women in Canada

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Canadian government legalized contraception for birth control in June 1969

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Few developments have impacted choice for Canadian women as impressively as the government’s legalization of all forms of contraception for birth control use in June 1969.(i) Prior to this, use of contraception for birth control was illegal and could only be prescribed by physicians to women who needed help regulating their menstrual cycle.(ii)

Legalization gave Canadian women the right to prevent pregnancy, but it was also an important stepping stone for other freedoms for women, including equality in education and jobs.

What’s exciting about this ruby anniversary is how legalization paved the way for important contraceptive innovations, giving today’s women even more choice and empowerment. Four decades later, women enjoy access to a variety of safe and effective choices, including:

– Daily options, like the pill – The pill (also known as an oral contraceptive or OC) like other contraceptives that contain both an estrogen and a progestin, is called a combination hormonal contraceptive (CHC). The pill is administered once-daily and must be taken at approximately the same time each day.

– Weekly options, like the patch – The patch, like other contraceptives that contain both an estrogen and a progestin, is called a combination hormonal contraceptive (CHC). The patch slowly releases hormones through your skin over a period of seven days and is administered once-weekly.

– Monthly options, like the contraceptive ring – The contraceptive ring, or NuvaRing(R), is a slow release, soft, flexible, clear plastic ring measuring 54 millimetres in diameter (approximately 2 inches). The contraceptive ring, like other contraceptives that contain both an estrogen and a progestin, is called a combination hormonal contraceptive (CHC) and is a once-a-month regimen.

– Quarterly options, like the injectable contraception – The injectable contraceptive (or “the shot”) is an injection that is given in the arm or buttocks 4 times per year. It contains only one hormone (a progestin) and does not contain estrogen.

– Multi-yearly options, like the hormonal IUD – The hormonal intrauterine device or IUD is a T-shaped device that contains a 5-year dose of the progestin, levonogestrel, which is released slowly over time and acts on the lining of the uterus.

The year 2009 is a milestone for contraception in Canada as it represents 40 years of legal access to contraception. Today there are many choices of hormonal contraceptive available. It’s important to do your own research and speak with your doctor about the advantages and disadvantages of the different available types of hormonal contraceptive and choose the one that best fits your needs.

For more information and tips on how to get the most out of your doctor’s visit, www.mybirthcontrol.ca.

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(i) CBC Digital Archives. Legalizing Contraception. archives.cbc.ca/version_print.asp?page=1&IDLan=1&IDClip=3044&IDDossier=0&IDCat=325&IDCatPa=258. Last Accessed May 27, 2009.

(ii) CBC News. In Depth Health. Birth control: The options for pregnancy prevention, January 10, 2008. www.cbc.ca/news/background/health/birth-control.html. Last accessed May 13, 2009.

Marsha Knoll
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Comment from Leslie

Ya gottat love it when women’s health issues end up in the business section of the news.  Yup – money to be made off of women’s bodies…

So let me make the point that in 40 years – there have been no breakthroughs in 100% risk-free contraceptives – and the hormonal methods above put women at risk for estrogenic cancers and infertility.  But, hey – that is why the news item is in the business section right?  What woman reads the part of the news?


Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.