Reproductive and Sexual Rights

What are my Reproductive and Sexual Rights?

In Canada, you have the right to make decisions about your body. You have the right to:

  • Decide whether or not to have children, when to have children, and how many children to have
  • Choose a birth control method that is right for you
  • Receive sexual and reproductive health care services
  • Receive information about sexual and reproductive health
  • Choose your partner
  • Agree whether or not to have sexual relations
  • Decide when to have sex or not
  • Choose whether or not to marry
  • Protect yourself and your partner from sexually transmitted infections/HIV
  • Choose your own doctor.                                                           

What are my rights when seeing a doctor?

It’s important to feel comfortable with your doctor. You have the right to:

  • Spend enough time to talk about your health care needs
  • Be treated with respect
  • Ask questions and get answers that you understand. Write your questions down on a piece of paper and take it with you.
  • Have someone with you for the whole appointment, including the physical exam
  • Make decisions about your health care without anyone else knowing about it
  • Change doctors. 

What can I do if I don’t want to have children (get pregnant) now?

If you decide not to have children:

  • You can decide not to have sex
  • You can decide to have sex and use birth control.

Where can I get more information?

  • From your health care provider, community health clinic, or public health nurse.
  • From the Facts of Life On-Line: e-mail your questions to thefactsoflife@serc.mb.ca.
  • From SERC’s website: www.serc.mb.ca.

Glossary:

Birth Control – The different ways of preventing pregnancy.