Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

From Surrey, British Columbia, Canada:

I am a teenager with type 1 diabetes, I have been thinking about having sex, and I know that it is really not safe for anyone my age to get pregnant accidentally. What are the effects of birth control pills on blood sugars? Is it possible to get birth control pills in Canada without your parents' knowledge or permission?


Oral contraceptive pills may raise your blood sugar somewhat so you may need to increase your insulin somewhat. You are correct, that no one should get pregnant without planning it, and this is especially true for someone with diabetes who should plan at least six months in advance to have their blood sugars the best possible in order to have a healthy baby and healthy pregnancy.

I'm sorry, but I do not know the laws in Canada regarding minors and contraception. In the US, you can receive contraception without the permission of your parents. I do suggest you try to see a gynecologist to discuss the options for birth control before you become sexually active.


Additional comments from David S. Holtzman, Esq.:

I do not know the law in Canada relating to this issue. However, I feel comfortable in referring you to Planned Parenthood or its equivalent.


Original posting 23 Oct 2003
Posted to Family Planning and Other Social Issues


  Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Return to the Top of This Page

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:52
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.