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Sex Sense: Canadian Contraception Guide, 2nd Edition

Sex Sense: Canadian Contraception Guide, 2nd Edition    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 1-897116-20-9
Pages 174
Language English; Aussi disponible en français
Price $14.95
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Written and published by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, 2005.


Sex Sense: Canadian Contraception Guide is designed to encourage and support Canadians in choosing a contraceptive method that best suits their health and lifestyle. It is a comprehensive book about sexuality and contraception written by medical experts of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada and recommended by the Canadian Federation for Sexual Health, the Federation of Medical Women of Canada, and the Canadian Pharmacists Association. It spells out the ABCs of safer sex, answering all the questions people are afraid to ask, or hope they will never have to answer.

For the second, revised edition the authors kept the layout and the table of contents and focused on what’s new. New contraceptive methods such as the contraceptive ring, the patch, new oral contraceptive pills and the intrauterine system were added. The information on safer sexual practices and transmission of STIs was updated. The emergency contraception chapter now reflects the fact that the “Morning-after-pill” is available prescription free across Canada.

Each method is presented in a question and answer format. Included are important questions such as, “How effective is a chosen method in preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections and HIV?” and “What are my chances of getting pregnant if I don't use protection.”

Sex Sense provides sexual health solutions:
  • Demystifies sexuality and contraception in easy-to-understand terms.
  • Discusses all contraceptive methods available in Canada.
  • Offers a comprehensive look at recent advances in sexual and reproductive health such as the contraceptive ring, transdermal contraceptive patch, new oral contraceptive pills and the intrauterine system.
  • Provides straightforward answers to the questions women and men most often ask their doctors.
  • Lists helpful websites and phone numbers for support across Canada.
  • Presents trustworthy information collected and reviewed by Canadian health experts.
The book has great visual appeal in addition to being very user-friendly:
  • An attractive 5-colour book designed with the latest knowledge in information design.
  • Created by a great team of students from Concordia University, Montréal.
  • Colour-coding, icons, boxes, QÀ format make reading fun and finding info easy.
  • Fact-based information collected and reviewed by a panel of Canadian health experts.
Sex Sense is based on the latest international research and the clinical guidelines used by Canadian health professionals to counsel patients. Each contraceptive method is presented in a comprehensive, easy-to-read question and answer format. In each case, the pros and cons are explained as well as the failure rates and possible side effects.
“The SOGC does not encourage young people to have sex,” cautions Dr. Sheila Dunn, a family practitioner at Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Sciences Centre and medical director of the Bay Centre for Birth Control. “However, if someone is considering sexual activity, they must learn the basics of safe sex to protect their health and that of their partner. Published findings by the World Health Organization show that young people will tend to postpone sexual activity, and use contraception appropriately, when they receive comprehensive information in their formative years.”
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This page last modified: August 10, 2011

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