Unwanted pregnancies

When contraception hasn’t worked

Accidents like forgetting a contraceptive pill, a condom that breaks, a condom put on late or not at all, etc. sometimes happen. Emergency oral contraception or “the day after pill” can be used to avoid an unwanted pregnancy.

To be effective, emergency oral contraception should be taken within 5 days following unprotected intercourse or intercourse that was poorly protected by contraception. The faster it’s taken after unprotected intercourse, the more effective it is. It is available free of charge in the youth clinic, at the CLSC or in a pharmacy. For more information, call Info-Santé 8-1-1.

Menstrual periods a few days late

When menstrual periods are a few days late, the first step to take is to have a pregnancy test. You can get one in a pharmacy, at the CLSC or from your school nurse.

If the pregnancy test is positive, the nurse will be able to inform you and your partner of the choices available to you. Together, you can envisage the various options and take the decision that suits both of you while keeping in mind that the final decision belongs to the girl.

The available choices are:

  • continuing the pregnancy and keeping the child;
  • interrupting the pregnancy (abortion);
  • continuing the pregnancy and giving the child up for adoption.

For more information, get in touch with the nurse or call Info-Santé 8-1-1.

Getting help

To get a screening test

  • Call Info-Santé 8-1-1
  • Talk it over with the nurse in your school or CLSC
  • Talk it over with your doctor


For any
other question

Consult Tel-jeunes

Tel-Jeunes Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux