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FAQs

FAQs

Reproductive Health

Can I come to the clinic for my post-abortion check-up?

You can come to the clinic for your post abortion check-up. You can book your appointment with a receptionist before you leave the clinic on the day of your abortion appointment, or you can call the clinic at 780-484-1124 to book the check-up.

What is the difference between a hormonal IUD and the copper IUD?

The hormonal IUD is called MIRENA® The MIRENA® IUD contains a synthetic hormone known as levonorgestrel. After the MIRENA® is inserted into the uterus a small amount of the levonorgestrel is released daily. This small amount of levonorgestrel prevents pregnancy by:

  • Thickening the cervical mucus which prevents passage of sperm through the cervical canal (opening to the uterus);
  • Reducing the normal monthly thickening of the lining of the uterus;
  • MIRENA contains a total of 52 mg of levonorgestrel, which is enough hormone to prevent pregnancy for 5 years.

The Copper IUD is a small, soft piece of plastic wrapped in copper. The copper changes the chemical environment in the uterus making it more difficult for the egg and sperm to survive. The copper IUD supplied by Woman’s Health Options can remain in the uterus for up to 5 years.

Can I buy the IUD from Woman’s Health Options?

You can buy both the MIRENA® and Liberte´® IUD’s from Woman’s Health Options. The MIRENA IUD is sold for $350.00 and the Liberte´® is the copper IUD which is sold for $50.00. There is no IUD insertion fee if you have a valid Alberta Health Care number.

What do I need to bring to the clinic for an IUD appointment?

If you are coming to Woman’s Health Options to have an IUD inserted you will need to make sure you bring your picture ID and your Alberta Health Care card. If someone is coming into the clinic with you on the day of your appointment that person would also need to have their picture ID.

Are the results of tests done at the clinic on NetCare?

The results for any of the tests done at the clinic are on NetCare and may be accessed only by a licensed physician or other authorized personnel.

How often do I need a pap spear?

If you have ever been sexually active, you should have Pap tests regularly starting at age 21, or 3 years after becoming sexually active, whichever is later.

Unless your healthcare provider tells you otherwise:

You should have a Pap test once a year for 3 years. If the results of all 3 tests are normal, most women can begin having Pap tests once every 3 years.

What is BV?

Bacterial Vaginosis is a change in the normal bacteria of the vagina. Every woman has harmless bacteria in her vagina; in bacterial vaginosis some of the bacteria multiply too much. The exact cause of BV is unknown.

What is gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is a bacterial sexually transmitted infection and it is caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Gonorrhea is spread through unprotected oral, anal and vaginal sex with an infected person. If you would like more information about Gonorrhea you can visit the sexuality and u website at: www.sexualityandu.ca

What is chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted bacterial infection caused by Chlamydia trachomatis bacteria. It is among the most common STI’s in the world. Chlamydia is spread by having unprotected oral, anal and vaginal sex. If you would like more information about Chlamydia you can visit the sexuality and u website at: www.sexualityandu.ca

What is syphilis?

Syphilis is a bacterial sexually transmitted infection caused by the bacteria Treponema pallidum. It is generally a very rare STI, but it can cause serious and permanent damage to the body if it is not cured. Syphilis is spread through unprotected oral, anal and vaginal sex. An infected pregnant woman can also pass the infection to her unborn child. If you would like more information about Syphilis you can visit the sexuality and u website at: www.sexualityandu.ca