The Pill as a Contraceptive Choice

Dr. Vivien Brown, MDCM, CCFP, FCFP, NCMP, discusses the Pill as a contraceptive choice.

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Dr. Vivien Brown, MDCM, CCFP, FCFP, NCMP, discusses the Pill as a contraceptive choice.
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Featuring Dr. Vivien Brown, MDCM, CCFP, FCFP, NCMP
The Pill as a Contraceptive Choice
Duration: 1 minute, 23 seconds

In December 2010 the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada came out with new guidelines for all Canadian doctors.

These are the guidelines that doctors follow when they make a decision about putting a young or older woman on birth control. And it’s these guidelines that we’re talking about today. The pill is remarkable – it’s been around for about 50 years and it’s been transformational for women.

Women have been able to have access to education, access to being in the workforce, and an ability to achieve a higher economic status as they were unencumbered by unplanned pregnancies.

We know that the pill is excellent; if taken properly it’s more than 99 percent effective, and that means less than one percent of people will get pregnant if they’re taking the pill properly. But unfortunately we also know that if you’re not on good contraception more than 85 percent of women will bet pregnant within one year, so it’s really important for you to talk to your doctor about the best options for you in terms of contraception.

In 2005 in Canada there was an abortion rate of approximately 96,000 women. These numbers are actually decreasing and that’s because we have good effective contraception, but we really need to have everyone choose what’s right for them.

Presenter: Dr. Vivien Brown, Family Doctor, Toronto, ON

Local Practitioners: Family Doctor

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