Birth Control - Health

The term birth control refers to avoiding or preventing pregnancy, and there are many contraceptive methods available that are safe and effective to do so. A woman, or couple, who wishes to avoid becoming pregnant has several options and can choose the best one based on health, age, personal preferences, as well as religious and moral beliefs. Forms of birth control, their efficiency, side effects, long-term health considerations as well as costs can vary greatly, and it is important to review and consider all options before choosing the one that may be best for you. If you are looking for information on the various types of birth control available, where to obtain birth control, or for a professional whom you can consult for more detailed advice, you’ve come to the right place.

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Sweetening the Pill

or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control

Millions of healthy women take a powerful medication every day from their mid-teens to menopause - the Pill - but few know how this drug works or the potential side effects. Contrary to cultural myth, the birth-control pill impacts on every organ and function of the body, and yet most women do not even think of it as a drug. Depression, anxiety, paranoia, rage, panic attacks - just a few of the effects of the Pill on half of the over 80% of women who pop these tablets during their lifetimes. When the Pill was released, it was thought that women would not submit to taking a medication each day when they were not sick. Now the Pill is making women sick. However, there are a growing number of women looking for non-hormonal alternatives for preventing pregnancy. In a bid to spark the backlash against hormonal contraceptives, this book asks: Why can't we criticize the Pill?

Our Bodies Ourselves

A Health Book by and for Women

A History of the Birth Control Movement in America

This narrative history of one of the most far-reaching social movements in the 20th century shows how it defied the law and made the use of contraception an acceptable social practice—and a necessary component of modern healthcare. * 15 photographs and images of the major players in the movement and of key publications and contraceptive devices * A selected bibliography and extensive end notes, providing an up-to-date source for primary and secondary material on the birth control movement

The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution

A Chicago Tribune "Best Books of 2014" • A Slate "Best Books 2014: Staff Picks" • A St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Best Books of 2014" The fascinating story of one of the most important scientific discoveries of the twentieth century. We know it simply as "the pill," yet its genesis was anything but simple. Jonathan Eig's masterful narrative revolves around four principal characters: the fiery feminist Margaret Sanger, who was a champion of birth control in her campaign for the rights of women but neglected her own children in pursuit of free love; the beautiful Katharine McCormick, who owed her fortune to her wealthy husband, the son of the founder of International Harvester and a schizophrenic; the visionary scientist Gregory Pincus, who was dismissed by Harvard in the 1930s as a result of his experimentation with in vitro fertilization but who, after he was approached by Sanger and McCormick, grew obsessed with the idea of inventing a drug that could stop ovulation; and the telegenic John Rock, a Catholic doctor from Boston who battled his own church to become an enormously effective advocate in the effort to win public approval for the drug that would be marketed by Searle as Enovid. Spanning the years from Sanger’s heady Greenwich Village days in the early twentieth century to trial tests in Puerto Rico in the 1950s to the cusp of the sexual revolution in the 1960s, this is a grand story of radical feminist politics, scientific ingenuity, establishment opposition, and, ultimately, a sea change in social attitudes. Brilliantly researched and briskly written, The Birth of the Pill is gripping social, cultural, and scientific history.

Choice and Coercion

Birth Control, Sterilization, and Abortion in Public Health and Welfare

In August 2003, North Carolina became the first U.S. state to offer restitution to victims of state-ordered sterilizations carried out by its eugenics program between 1929 and 1975. The decision was prompted largely by a series of articles in the Winston-Salem Journal. These stories were inspired in part by the research of Johanna Schoen, who was granted unique access to summaries of 7,500 case histories and the papers of the North Carolina Eugenics Board. In this book, Schoen situates the state's reproductive politics in a national and global context. Widening her focus to include birth control, sterilization, and abortion policies across the nation, she demonstrates how each method for limiting unwanted pregnancies had the potential both to expand and to limit women's reproductive choices. Such programs overwhelmingly targeted poor and nonwhite populations, yet they also extended a measure of reproductive control to poor women that was previously out of reach. On an international level, the United States has influenced reproductive health policies by, for example, tying foreign aid to the recipients' compliance with U.S. notions about family planning. The availability of U.S.-funded family planning aid has proved to be a double-edged sword, offering unprecedented opportunities to poor women while subjecting foreign patients to medical experimentation that would be considered unacceptable at home. Drawing on the voices of health and science professionals, civic benefactors, and American women themselves, Schoen's study allows deeper understandings of the modern welfare state and the lives of women.

Choice & Coercion

Birth Control, Sterilization, and Abortion in Public Health and Welfare: Easyread Super Large 24pt Edition

In August 2003, North Carolina became the first U.S. state to offer restitution to victims of state-ordered sterilizations carried out by its eugenics program between 1929 and 1975. The decision was prompted by newspaper stories based on the research of Johanna Schoen, who was granted unique access to summaries of 7,500 case histories and the papers of the North Carolina Eugenics Board. In this book, Schoen situates the state's reproductive politics in a national and global context. Widening her focus to include birth control, sterilization, and abortion policies across the nation, she demonstrates how each method for limiting unwanted pregnancies had the potential both to expand and to limit women's reproductive choices. Such programs overwhelmingly targeted poor and nonwhite populations, yet they also extended a measure of reproductive control to poor women that was previously out of reach. On an international level, the United States has influenced reproductive health policies by, for example, tying foreign aid to the recipients' compliance with U.S. notions about double-edged sword, offering unprecedented opportunities to poor women while subjecting foreign patients to medical experimentation that would be considered unacceptable at home. Drawing on the voices of health and science professionals, civic benefactors, and the women themselves, Schoen's study allows deeper understandings of the modern welfare state and the lives of American women. Johanna Schoen is assistant professor of history and women's studies at the University of Iowa.

Beyond the Pill

A 30-Day Program to Balance Your Hormones, Reclaim Your Body, and Reverse the Dangerous Side Effects of the Birth Control Pill

Out of the 100 million women—almost 11 million in the United States alone—who are on the pill, roughly 60 percent take it for non-contraceptive reasons like painful periods, endometriosis, PCOS, and acne. While the birth control pill is widely prescribed as a quick-fix solution to a variety of women’s health conditions, taking it can also result in other more serious and dangerous health consequences. Did you know that women on the pill are more likely to be prescribed an antidepressant? That they are at significantly increased risk for autoimmune disease, heart attack, thyroid and adrenal disorders, and even breast and cervical cancer? That the pill can even cause vaginal dryness, unexplained hair loss, flagging libido, extreme fatigue, and chronic infection. As if women didn’t have enough to worry about, that little pill we’re taking to manage our symptoms is only making things worse. Jolene Brighten, ND, author of the groundbreaking new book BEYOND THE PILL, specializes in treating women’s hormone imbalances caused by the pill and shares her proven 30-day program designed to reverse the myriad of symptoms women experience every day—whether you choose to stay on the pill or not. The first book of its kind to target the birth control pill and the scientifically-proven symptoms associated with taking it, BEYOND THE PILL is an actionable plan for taking control, and will help readers: • Locate the root cause of their hormonal issues, like estrogen dominance, low testosterone, and low progesterone • Discover a pain-free, manageable period free of cramps, acne, stress, or PMS without the harmful side effects that come with the pill • Detox the liver, support the adrenals and thyroid, heal the gut, reverse metabolic mayhem, boost fertility, and enhance mood • Transition into a nutrition and supplement program, with more than 30 hormone-balancing recipes Featuring simple diet and lifestyle interventions, BEYOND THE PILL is the first step to reversing the risky side effects of the pill, finally finding hormonal health, and getting your badass self back.

Broadcasting Birth Control

Mass Media and Family Planning

Traditionally, the history of the birth control movement has been told through the accounts of the leaders, organizations, and legislation that shaped the campaign. Recently, historians have begun examining the cultural work of printed media, including newspapers, magazines, and even novels in fostering support for the cause. Broadcasting Birth Control builds on this new scholarship to explore the films and radio and television broadcasts developed by twentieth-century birth control advocates to promote family planning at home in the United States, and in the expanding international arena of population control. Mass media, Manon Parry contends, was critical to the birth control movement’s attempts to build support and later to publicize the idea of fertility control and the availability of contraceptive services in the United States and around the world. Though these public efforts in advertising and education were undertaken initially by leading advocates, including Margaret Sanger, increasingly a growing class of public communications experts took on the role, mimicking the efforts of commercial advertisers to promote health and contraception in short plays, cartoons, films, and soap operas. In this way, they made a private subject—fertility control—appropriate for public discussion. Parry examines these trends to shed light on the contested nature of the motivations of birth control advocates. Acknowledging that supporters of contraception were not always motivated by the best interests of individual women, Parry concludes that family planning advocates were nonetheless convinced of women’s desire for contraception and highly aware of the ethical issues involved in the use of the media to inform and persuade.

Contraceptive Use and Controlled Fertility

Health Issues for Women and Children

These four papers supplement the book Contraception and Reproduction: Health Consequences for Women and Children in the Developing World by bringing together data and analyses that would otherwise be difficult to obtain in a single source. The topics addressed are an analysis of the relationship between maternal mortality and changing reproductive patterns; the risks and benefits of contraception; the effects of changing reproductive patterns on infant health; and the psychosocial consequences to women of controlled fertility and contraceptive use.

Devices and Desires

A History of Contraceptives in America

From the 1873 Comstock Act to the groundbreaking inventions of today, a history of contraceptives reveals how they evolved from an illicit trade located in secret places and pornography outlets to one of the most legitimate businesses in America.

Birth Control

Intended as a reference tool for college students, this book examines the origins of and controversies associated with birth control in the United States. * Contains 20 primary document excerpts divided into 8 thematic categories, including early birth-control manuals, essays by Margaret Sanger, papal encyclicals, federal statutes, Supreme Court cases, and executive orders from 4 presidents on the subject of birth control * Provides a bibliography of sources for additional research * Includes a glossary and index for quick access to information about specific topics and terms

Fatal Misconception

The Struggle to Control World Population

Listen to a short interview with Matthew Connelly Host: Chris Gondek - Producer: Heron & Crane "Fatal Misconception" is the disturbing story of our quest to remake humanity by policing national borders and breeding better people. As the population of the world doubled once, and then again, well-meaning people concluded that only population control could preserve the "quality of life." This movement eventually spanned the globe and carried out a series of astonishing experiments, from banning Asian immigration to paying poor people to be sterilized. Supported by affluent countries, foundations, and non-governmental organizations, the population control movement experimented with ways to limit population growth. But it had to contend with the Catholic Church's ban on contraception and nationalist leaders who warned of "race suicide." The ensuing struggle caused untold suffering for those caught in the middle--particularly women and children. It culminated in the horrors of sterilization camps in India and the one-child policy in China. Matthew Connelly offers the first global history of a movement that changed how people regard their children and ultimately the face of humankind. It was the most ambitious social engineering project of the twentieth century, one that continues to alarm the global community. Though promoted as a way to lift people out of poverty--perhaps even to save the earth--family planning became a means to plan other people's families. With its transnational scope and exhaustive research into such archives as Planned Parenthood and the newly opened Vatican Secret Archives, Connelly's withering critique uncovers the cost inflicted by a humanitarian movement gone terribly awry and urges renewed commitment to the reproductive rights of all people.

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Halton. Halton Region Health Department - Sexual Health Clinic, Burlington - Burlington

Services provided:
* low cost birth control (or prescription for pharmacy)
* low cost birth control is available to individuals under the age of 35
* prescriptions from community health care providers are no longer accepted

* free condoms
* low cost emergency contraception
* free urine pregnancy testing, counselling and referral
* sexually transmitted infections (STI) testing and free treatment
* anonymous and nominal (using your name and identifiers) HIV testing
* free hepatitis A and B vaccinations
* HPV vaccinations
* free needle exchange and harm reduction supplies
* free Naloxone overdose prevention kits (for opioid overdose)

* public health nurses and a physician or nurse practitioner on site at all times
* all services are offered during clinic hours for both appointments and walk-in

Halton. Halton Region Health Department - Sexual Health Clinic, Burlington - Burlington

Services provided:
* low cost birth control (or prescription for pharmacy)
* low cost birth control is available to individuals under the age of 35
* prescriptions from community health care providers are no longer accepted

* free condoms
* low cost emergency contraception
* free urine pregnancy testing, counselling and referral
* sexually transmitted infections (STI) testing and free treatment
* anonymous and nominal (using your name and identifiers) HIV testing
* free hepatitis A and B vaccinations
* HPV vaccinations
* free needle exchange and harm reduction supplies
* free Naloxone overdose prevention kits (for opioid overdose)

* public health nurses and a physician or nurse practitioner on site at all times
* all services are offered during clinic hours for both appointments and walk-in

General Topics and Information - Halton Region - Animal Control, Pest Control and Nuisance Animals - Burlington

This listing provides an overview of animal control in the Burlington community and acts as an index to related listings in this directory

Domestic animals
Bylaws pertaining to animals include:
* Animal Control Bylaw (covers dog licencing, attacks, cat microchipping, animals at large, poop and scoop issues, dogs on the beach, prohibited and restricted animals, etc.) is enforced by Burlington Animal Shelter (for contact information see separate listing here) and City of Burlington Animal Control Officer, 905-335-3030
* Noise and Nuisance By-Law (covers noise from pets, such as barking) is enforced by Burlington. City Building - Planning, Building and Culture (for contact information see separate listing here)
For full text of Bylaws see website

Wildlife (including bats, mice, raccoons, rats and skunks):
* for nuisance wildlife or wildlife that has taken up residence inside a home, contact a private wildlife control service
* Burlington Animal Shelter removes wildlife only if it is both diseased, injured or dead and outdoors (does not remove nuisance wildlife, or wildlife inside homes, attics or chimneys, does not remove pests such as bees or wasps), for full Burlington Animal Shelter listing see here
* Halton Health Department does not remove wildlife, however the public health office 905-825-6000 ext 7884 will provide general information

For additional information on dealing with Canada geese, coyotes, foxes, pigeons: see City of Burlington information website

Animal Bites
* for domestic animal bites contact Burlington Animal Shelter, 905-335-3030
* for wildlife bites contact both the Burlington Animal Shelter 905-335-3030 and Halton Region Public Health department, 905-825-6000

Bed Bugs:
* for information see Halton Region's website
* for online Bedbug Registry (user-submitted bed bug reports) see here

Bee, Wasp and Hornet Removal:
* Golden Horseshoe Beekeepers Association members may remove swarms of honeybees only, free of charge, at certain times of year, for full listing see here
* for other services see that will remove bees, wasps and hornets see "Pest Control Services" in Yellow Pages

Stoney Creek Medical Walk In Clinic

Walk in medical clinic * doctors and nurses assess and treat minor illnesses and injuries

John Street Medical Walk-In Clinic

Walk in medical clinic. Family medical centre. Doctors and nurses assess and treat minor illnesses and injuries. Employers, immigration & drivers physical exams. Counselling services. Immunization updates. Pre-op exams. Flu, allergy and B12 injections. TB Skin Test. Sexual health & STI clinic's. Family planning.

Hamilton. Public Health Services - Sexual Health Information Line - No Physical Address

Confidential phone counselling with a Public Health Nurse regarding safer sex, abstinence, birth control, sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS and clinic services available.

Halton. Halton Region Health Department - Sexual Health Clinic, Oakville - Oakville

Services provided:
* low cost birth control (or prescription for pharmacy)
* low cost birth control is available to individuals under the age of 35
* prescriptions from community health care providers are no longer accepted

* free condoms
* low cost emergency contraception
* free urine pregnancy testing, counselling and referral
* sexually transmitted infections (STI) testing and free treatment
* anonymous and nominal (using your name and identifiers) HIV testing
* free hepatitis A and B vaccinations
* HPV vaccinations
* free needle exchange and harm reduction supplies
* free Naloxone overdose prevention kits (for opioid overdose)

* public health nurses and a physician or nurse practitioner on site at all times
* all services are offered during clinic hours for both appointments and walk-in

Halton. Halton Region Health Department - Communicable Disease Control - Oakville - Halton Regional Centre

Public Health Inspectors, Registered Nurses and Infection Control Specialists:
* complete investigations of diseases of public health significance (reportable diseases) including respiratory, enteric and blood-borne reportable diseases
* review and assess applications for mandatory blood testing of Emergency Service Workers under the Mandatory Blood Testing Act
* ensure infection prevention and control programs are in place in long-term care homes, retirement homes and child care centres
* respond to respiratory and enteric outbreaks in long-term care homes and retirement homes
* provide input into hospital infection prevention and control program
* conduct annual cold chain inspections and respond to cold chain failures in hospitals, long-term care homes, rest and retirement homes and pharmacies

Halton. Halton Region Health Department - Sexual Health Clinic, Milton - Milton

Services provided:
* low cost birth control (or prescription for pharmacy)
* low cost birth control is available to individuals under the age of 35
* prescriptions from community health care providers are no longer accepted

* free condoms
* low cost emergency contraception
* free urine pregnancy testing, counselling and referral
* sexually transmitted infections (STI) testing and free treatment
* anonymous and nominal (using your name and identifiers) HIV testing
* free hepatitis A and B vaccinations
* HPV vaccinations
* free needle exchange and harm reduction supplies
* free Naloxone overdose prevention kits (for opioid overdose)

* public health nurses and a physician or nurse practitioner on site at all times

General Topics and Information - Halton Region - Lost Wallet - Burlington

This listing describes how to replace documents when wallet is lost or stolen.

It's always a good idea to keep photocopies of your identification in a safe place because it can help if you need to replace your identification documents in the future.

Notify:
* your financial institution immediately to report your lost bank cards and credit cards
* the Customer Service or Credit Department if you have lost a retail credit card or any other credit card (it may also be advisable to order a credit check six months later to ensure no new accounts have been opened)
* your local police department to prevent any fraudulent use of your personal identification (be sure to obtain the report number and the badge number of the officer who takes the report)


If you are unable to provide any proofs of identity or guarantor as shown below for replacement of documents:
You can establish your identity for replacement of documents by swearing an affadavit before
* a notary public
* free public Commissioner of Oaths service at Centre for Skills Development and Training, for more information see here
* Commissioner of Oaths at Burlington City Hall, Clerks Dept, 905-335-7600 ext 7803 (fee, available during selected hours only, for details see here)
It may be useful to bring anything which shows your name, address etc (such as a piece of mail or utility bill)


REPLACE THE FOLLOWING AT SERVICEONTARIO:
(in Burlington, these are at 3455 Fairview St and 1250 Brant St)

Ontario health card
* red and white health card: bring three original documents from the Ontario Health Coverage Document List (one to prove citizenship/immigration status, one to prove residency in Ontario, and one to prove identity
* photo health card: call ServiceOntario at 1-800-664-8988

Ontario driver's licence
* bring a personal identification document (verifying your name, date of birth and signature)
* a temporary driver's licence will be issued (new licence will arrive in the mail within 4 to 6 weeks)
* fee applies

Enhanced driver's licence
* you will need to provide the police report or file number
* bring your original birth certificate or other evidence of citizenship and a second piece of original identification to confirm your signature and identity
* a temporary driver's licence will be issued (new enhanced driver's licence arrives by secure delivery or you can choose to pick it up at one of the designated ServiceOntario centres)
* fee applies
Note: a temporary driver's licence cannot be used for entry into the U.S.

Ontario photo card
* complete the Ontario Photo Card application form available at a ServiceOntario centre
* provide proof of legal name, date of birth, and signature
* fee applies

Ontario birth certificate (you should keep this certificate in a safe place and avoid carrying it in your wallet)
* apply online (see here)
* fee applies
* if born outside Ontario, contact that province or country to replace your birth certificate


REPLACE THE FOLLOWING AT SERVICECANADA:
(in Burlington, 676 Appleby Line)

Social Insurance Number (SIN)
A new SIN may be issued only in situations where there is a proof that the SIN was used fraudulently
* if you do not remember your SIN, you can refer to your income tax return where your SIN can be found
* to to request a confirmation of your SIN, you must provide a valid primary document that proves your identity and legal status in Canada (plastic SIN cards are no longer issued, instead, you will receive a letter confirming your Social Insurance Number)
* If the name on your primary document is different from the name you currently use, a supporting document is also required
* Take required documentation originals only, no photocopies in person to ServiceCanada
* if everything is in order, SIN number/confirmation will be issued during your visit:

Halton. Halton Region Health Department - Sexual Health Clinic, Oakville - Oakville

Services provided:
* low cost birth control (or prescription for pharmacy)
* low cost birth control is available to individuals under the age of 35
* prescriptions from community health care providers are no longer accepted

* free condoms
* low cost emergency contraception
* free urine pregnancy testing, counselling and referral
* sexually transmitted infections (STI) testing and free treatment
* anonymous and nominal (using your name and identifiers) HIV testing
* free hepatitis A and B vaccinations
* HPV vaccinations
* free needle exchange and harm reduction supplies
* free Naloxone overdose prevention kits (for opioid overdose)

* public health nurses and a physician or nurse practitioner on site at all times
* all services are offered during clinic hours for both appointments and walk-in

Halton. Halton Region Health Department - West Nile Virus Control and Surveillance - Oakville - Halton Regional Centre

A control and surveillance program that runs during the spring, summer and fall months.

* West Nile Virus (WNV) is a virus that is found in wild birds and carried by mosquitoes
* affects wild birds, mainly crows and Blue Jays, and can be transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito
* there is no specific treatment and no vaccine for humans against the virus

The Health Department has a comprehensive program which includes using adult and larval mosquito surveillance to determine the health risk of WNV for residents and visitors of Halton Region.

Activities include:
* public education, which emphasizes the steps residents can take to protect themselves from exposure to mosquitoes and how they can reduce mosquito-breeding sites around the home
* monitoring & surveillance for the presence of the West Nile virus in mosquitoes
* monitoring for the presence of West Nile virus in humans by ensuring prompt reporting of all cases of the disease by working with local physicians and hospitals
* implementation of a larviciding program when necessary
* implementation of an adulticiding program if necessary

Reporting of standing water:
* to report standing water on public property call the Halton Region Health Department, the toll free number or the TTY number
* visit website for more information