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Contraceptive Management

We have many contraceptive options available to women and most options are available to students at the clinic. Whether you decide to go on birth control pills, the patch, the ring, or the shot (Depo-Provera), 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:

Birth Control Pills
The most common method of birth control is oral contraception. We have the combination pills here. 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 Patch
The patch is a thin tan patch that sticks to your skin. It has both estrogen and progesterone. The patch should be changed at the same time each week. The patch is a very effective method of birth control. The patch is available in the Georgia State University Clinic. You will need an appointment for contraceptive counseling with a provider.

The Ring
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. The ring is available at the Georgia State University Student Health Clinic.

The Shot
Depo-Provera is an injectable progesterone-only method of birth control. One shot of Depo-Provera will prevent pregnancy for 12 weeks.  The Depo-Provera shot is available at the Georgia State University Student Health Clinic.

Refills of Birth Control
You will have two choices when having your birth control refilled. We can write 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. Or, we 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 name of medication available for the receptionist. Your medication will be available for pick-up at the clinic in 24 hours.

If you are requesting a refill of Depo-Provera and we have not ordered this for you, we will need a copy of your pap smear and medical record with documentation of the last Depo-Provera injection given.

Emergency Contraceptive Pills
Plan B (emergency contraceptive pills) are available at the Georgia State University Health Clinic. We also offer counseling for women who have had unprotected sex and are concerned about pregnancy.

Plan B is available for women who have had unprotected sex within the last 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 not the “abortion pill.” It will not work if you are already pregnant.

Plan B is Levonorgestrel 0.75mg. It prevents fertilization and implantation. It will not work once implantation has begun.

You can obtain Plan B by making a nurse visit.