An, honest, responsible relationship that includes sexual relations should always consider the use of contraception and protection against sexually transmitted infections. Services are available at Student Health Services to meet the needs of both male and female students. All services are confidential.
- Safer Sex Supplies
- Emergency Contraception(ECP)
- Pregnancy Tests
- Screening for sexually transmitted infections
Women interested in the birth control pill must first attend an educational session, entitled Options, conducted by the office of Health Promotion(you may call Student Health Services for more information). After attending this session, students will be able to decide which method, if any, is best suited for their contraceptive needs.
Following the Options program, students may schedule an individual appointment with a nurse practitioner. She will discuss your choice with you and how to make an appointment for a physical exam and pap smear, if needed. Oral contraceptives(the pill), depo provera(the shot), or vaginal ring can be prescribed and purchased at a pharmacy.
There is an fee for the pap smear which may be billed or covered by insurance.
Emergency Contraception (ECP)
What is it?
ECP is a contraceptive hormone taken within a specified time frame to reduce the chance of pregnancy after unprotected vaginal intercourse.
- a condom broke or slipped off
- you were forced to have unprotected vaginal intercourse
- your diaphragm or cervical cap slipped out of place
- you forgot to take your birth control pills
- you are not using any form of birth control
When do I use it?
ECP should be used within 72 hours of unprotected vaginal intercourse. The longer the delay, the increased risk that it will not be effective. It is never 100% effective!
There is a fee for this service. It is also available at retail pharmacies.
This site is not meant to replace the advice of a health care professional. You should not rely on any information on these pages, or information generated for you by this site, to replace consultations with qualified professionals regarding your own specific situation.