The Student Health Clinic has many contraceptive options available to women. Whatever form of birth control a woman decides to use, her provider will discuss the benefits and risks of each birth control method.
The clinical staff will advise women on how to start contraception and answer any questions during the clinic appointment. Women who have any additional questions regarding the use of birth control 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 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 the 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 (patch change day) for three weeks in a row. Make sure to remove the old patch prior to applying the new patch. During week four, remove the old patch and do not wear a patch. (Your period should begin during this week.) Following week four, repeat the cycle of three weekly applications followed by a patch-free week.
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.
Plan B is available for women who have had unprotected sex within the last 72 to 120 hours. It can prevent pregnancy after having a contraception failure. The sooner Plan B is taken, 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 a woman is already pregnant. Women 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
Women have two choices when having birth control refilled. First, a prescription for birth control can be provided and filled at a local pharmacy. If a woman has private insurance, this may be the best option. Second, birth control can be dispensed at the clinic. Women will need to come in or call the office to request a medication refill and will need to provide their student number and the name of the medication to be refilled to the receptionist. Medication will be available to pick up at the clinic in 24 hours.
Women will need to provide a copy of their recent Pap smear and medical record with documentation of the last Depo-Provera injection given in order to request a refill of Depo-Provera if the Student Health Clinic has not ordered this for them previously.