New Options in Contraception


  • Konia Trouton, BSc, MD, CCFP, MPH, FCFP Clinical Professor, Department of Family Practice UBC, Vancouver, BC Clinical Associate, Women's College Hospital, Toronto, ON



In the last few years, more contraceptive options have been introduced into Canada, expanding choice for our patients. Patients and clinicians have experienced changes in how health care is accessed and delivered. For patients, this includes an increased use of the internet and social media as sources of information. Also included are changes to insurance coverage for contraception, such as provincial coverage for some (British Columbia, Quebec and Manitoba), and private insurance offered through school or an employer. In 2015 the cost of universal coverage of contraception in Canada was $157 million, while the cost to provide health care for unintended pregnancies was $320 million, providing a strong economic argument for this change. For clinicians, the pandemic provided an opportunity for many to switch to increase the use of virtual care options, and toward efficiencies in practice. 

Author Biography

Konia Trouton, BSc, MD, CCFP, MPH, FCFP, Clinical Professor, Department of Family Practice UBC, Vancouver, BC Clinical Associate, Women's College Hospital, Toronto, ON

Dr. Trouton is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Practice at UBC, and a Clinical Associate in Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, Ontario. She completed medical training at the Queen’s University in 1990, residency in Calgary and holds a Masters of Public Health from Harvard. Over the last 30 years, she has worked in at least 2 provinces on a regular basis, including various family planning clinics in BC, Alberta, Ontario, and New Brunswick. In addition to clinical work, she participates in many research and teaching initiatives in contraception and abortion care. For the last 20 years, she was based in Victoria, BC where she founded the Vancouver Island Women’s Clinic in 2003. She recently relocated to Toronto to be closer to family and works in the community and hospital. 


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How to Cite

Trouton, K. (2024). New Options in Contraception. Canadian Women’s Health Today, 1(1), 22–30.