Women's Health provides information to students regarding the various forms of contraception (for birth control and menstrual regulation) and counseling to help you figure out which method is best for you. Most methods, including oral contraceptives ("the pill"), Depo-Provera and condoms, are distributed at Student Health at a low cost to students. You can make an appointment with a Women's Health Provider to discuss contraceptive options.
While not all contraceptive methods are provided at SHS you can click here to find the contraceptive method that's best for you.
If you are currently receiving medication from an outside provider you can still get contraception from Women's Health by making an appointment to review your medical history and make sure you are up to date with your Pap test. Click here for information about Pap testing.
Click here for the "Guide for Missed Oral Contraceptive Pills"
Birth Control Options Offered at Student Health
See below for specific products offered in Women's Health.
Diaphragms come in different sizes, must be fitted by a health care provider for each woman individually and are available by prescription only. A new prescription is needed every two years or sooner if a woman has a baby, gains or loses 20 or more pounds or notices any damage to the diaphragm. Students should make an 30-minute appointment for a diaphragm fitting with a Women's Health provider.
For more information click here.
There are two basic ways to get hormonal contraception through Women's Health:
1. We can give you a prescription for your current medication and you can take it to a pharmacy. Students on the Penn-sponsored insurance plan (PSIP) have a $15 co-pay for generic medications and a $30 co-pay for brand-name.
Students on PSIP also have the option for a mail-order pharmacy program where they can purchase 3 months of medication for the cost of 2 months. Please discuss this with your Women's health provider.
2. Students can purchase contraceptive products at Women's health. The list below is what we currently offer (generic only) and their brand-name equivalents.
At Women's Health birth control pills are purchased for $15.00/pack. Depo-Provera is $60 per injection.
Women's Health carries the following oral contraceptive brands:
|Reclipsen (= Apri)|
|Sronyx (= Aviane)
|Microgestin Fe 1.5/30 (= Junel 1.5/30 Fe)|
|Microgestin Fe 1/20
|Lo Loestrin Fe|
|Ortho Tri Cyclen (= Trinessa or Trisprintec)|
|Ortho Micronor (= Errin)|
- Traveling? Please be sure to plan your contraceptive needs a few weeks prior to your departure. Don't wait until the last minute! Taking a prolonged car or plane trip while on combined hormonal contraception (ie Birth control pill, Nuva Ring, Evra patch) can slightly increase your risk for a deep vein thrombosis ("blood clot") in your arm or leg. Please click here for more information.
- Need a refill of your medication? Call our convenient pill refill line at 215.746.1020. Your order will be ready the next business day. Click here for more information on refilling your medication.
- NUVA RING UPDATE: Secondary to availability and cost, we are no longer able to provide the Nuva Ring at Women's Health. New patients or patients actively using the Nuva ring can make an appointment with a Women's Health Provider to obtain a prescription.