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. Oral contraceptives ("the pill") 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.
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), birth control is a covered benefit without co-pay or deductible for woman with Penn Student Health insurance, bought your health plan through your employer, through your state marketplace, or from another private company. Birth control 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 female 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 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.
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%
- Implant: 0.05%
- Injection or "shot": 5%
- 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%
- Skyla: 0.4%
There are two basic ways to get hormonal contraception through Women's Health:
- Women's Health 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 Women's health provider.
- Students who do not have PSIP can purchase contraceptive pills at Women's health. 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 Women's Health, patients interested or actively using the Nuva Ring can make an appointment with a Women's Health Provider to obtain a prescription.
- 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 and when SHS is open. Click here for more information on refilling your medication.