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In Canada, you have the right to make decisions about your body. You have the right to:
- Agree whether or not to have sexual relations
- Decide when to have sex or not
- Choose your partner
- Choose whether or not to marry, agree to the marriage
- Respect your own body and your partner’s body, to protect yourself and your partner from STI’s and HIV.
- Choose your own doctor
- Choose a birth control method that is right for you
- Receive sexual and reproductive health care services
- Receive information about sexual and reproductive health
- Decide whether or not to have children, when to have children and how many children to have
Teens - These rights apply to you as well.
- Teens have the right to access sexual health services in a confidential manner without having their parents notified.
- Teens can get prescription birth control, pregnancy or STI testing and / or an abortion without parental consent.
- Teens have the right to buy and use protection. (ie condoms)
- You should feel comfortable with your health care provider.
- You can have someone with you during the appointment.
- You should expect to get answers that you understand. It helps to write down questions before you see your health care provider.
- Sometimes the questions asked by your health care provider seem very intimate and uncomfortable, but remember your answers are confidential.
- If you don’t share all the facts, you may not receive the best information about birth control or STI testing.
- If you have left some information out at a visit because of embarrassment or if you have other questions, you can always call them back.