Gynecologic Care 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. Oral contraceptives ("the pill") and condoms are distributed at Student Health for free to students. You can make an appointment with a Gynecologic Care Provider to discuss contraceptive options.
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace must cover contraceptive methods (birth control), as prescribed by a health care provider. Contraceptive methods covered by the ACA are birth control patches, birth control pills, birth control rings, birth control shots, cervical cap, contraceptive implant, diaphragm, IUD, permanent contraception methods, emergency contraception and internal condoms.
While not all contraceptive methods are provided at SHS, you can check out the links below for more information about which contraceptive option is best for you:
If you are currently receiving medication from an outside provider you can still get contraception from Gynecologic Care 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
For more information click here.
Typical failure rates of birth control:
- Depending on which type of birth control:
- ParaGard IUD: 0.8%
- Mirena IUD: 0.2%
- Skyla IUD: 0.4%
- Implant: 0.05%
- Injection or "shot" (Depo-Provera): 0.05%
- Combined oral contraceptives: 5%
- Progestin only pill: 5-7%
- Patch: 9%, but may be higher in women who weigh more than 198 lbs.
- Hormonal vaginal contraceptive ring: 5%
There are two basic ways to get hormonal contraception through Women's Health:
- Gynecologic Care providers can give you a prescription for your current medicaiton and you can take it to the pharmacy. Students on the Penn-sponsored insurance plan (PSIP) can fill contraception prescriptions without a co-pay or deductible for most generic brands. Students on PSIP also have the option for a mail-order pharmacy program and have 3 months of medication mailed to your home at no cost to you. Please discuss this with your Gynecologic Care provider.
- Students who do not have PSIP can purchase contraceptive pills at Gynecologic Care. We carry a limited variety of oral contraceptives which can be purchased for $15.00/pack.
NUVA RING: Although we do not offer Nuva Ring at Gynecologic Care, patients interested or actively using the Nuva Ring can make an appointment with a Gynecologic Care Provider to obtain a prescription.
- Traveling? Please be sure to plan your contraceptive needs a few weeks prior to your departure. If you are leaving the country for the summer or for a semester abroad, you can request multiple packs of your pills at the time of your visit in Gynecologic Care or to be called into the pharmacy by calling the pill refill line (215-746-1020). You should request a "vacation override" prescription. Don't wait until the last minute!
- 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 and when SHS is open. Click here for more information on refilling your medication.