The Student Health Clinic has many contraceptive options available to women. Whether you decide to use birth control pills, the ring, the shot (Depo-Provera) or the patch, your provider will discuss the benefits and risks of each of the birth control methods.
Starting your Contraception
The clinical staff will advise you on how to start your form of contraception. They will answer any questions you may have during your appointment. If you have any additional questions regarding the use of your birth control, you may call the clinician on staff at 404-413-1930.
Forms of Birth Control Provided by the Student Health Clinic:
The most common method of birth control is oral contraception. The Student Health Clinic has the combination pills. They are made of estrogen and progesterone and work by preventing the women's ovaries from releasing eggs. Taking the pill daily keeps a level of hormone that is needed to prevent pregnancy. The pill is one of the most effective means of birth control.
The Nuvra Ring is a small flexible ring that is changed once a month. The ring has both estrogen and progesterone to protect against pregnancy.
Depo-Provera is an injectable progesterone-only method of birth control. One shot of Depo-Provera will prevent pregnancy for 12 weeks.
The patch is worn on the body, preventing pregnancy by delivering continuous levels of hormones (progestin and estrogen, respectively) into the bloodstream through the skin. The patch may be placed on your upper outer arm, abdomen, buttock or back where it won't be rubbed by tight clothing.
The patch works for seven days (one week). Apply a new patch on the same day each week (your patch change day) for three weeks in a row. Make sure you have removed your old patch prior to applying the new patch. During week four, do not wear a patch. Make sure you removed your old patch. (Your period should begin during this week.) Following week four, repeat the cycle of three weekly applications followed by a patch-free week.
Plan B is available for women who have had unprotected sex within the last 72-120 hours. It can prevent pregnancy after having a contraception failure. The sooner you take Plan B, the more effective it is. Plan B is Levonorgestrel 0.75mg. It prevents fertilization and implantation. It will not work once implantation has begun. Plan B is not the abortion pill. It will not work if you are already pregnant. You can obtain Plan B by making a nurse visit. The Student Health Clinic offers counseling for women who have had unprotected sex and are concerned about pregnancy.
Refills of Birth Control
You will have two choices when having your birth control refilled. You can get a prescription for your birth control for you to have filled at your local pharmacy. If you have private insurance, this may be the best decision for you. You can also have your birth control dispensed at the clinic. To have your medication refilled, you will need to come in or call the office requesting medication refill. Please have your student number and the name of medication available for the receptionist. Your medication will be available to pick up at the clinic in 24 hours.
If you are requesting a refill of Depo-Provera and the Student Health Clinic has not ordered this for you, you will need to provide a copy of your pap smear and medical record with documentation of the last Depo-Provera injection given.