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Student Health Services

Contraception

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Student Health Services

Location:
Commonwealth Hall, Ground Floor


Mailing Address:
Student Health Services
715 S. New Street
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2509
Fax: 610-436-3148
Email: healthctr@wcupa.edu SHS does not use email for sharing confidential information. Do not email provider's directly.
Use this email for general questions only. Call 610-436-2509 with specific questions.

Contraception

Contraception is a method of preventing unplanned pregnancy. Most women of reproductive age in the United States use some form of contraception. Contraceptives are available by:

  • Prescription: oral contraceptives ("the Pill"), emergency contraception, hormonal patches, injection or shots, the contraceptive ring, diaphragms, and the IUD
  • Over-the-counter: condoms, spermicides, and menstrual cups

Hormonal Contraception (pills, patches or rings)

  • Prescription contraceptives are available at Student Health Services by appointment (610-436-2509).
  • We can refer you to providers for IUD or hormonal implant insertion.
  • It is not always necessary to have a full gynecologic exam (gyn exam) before starting on a contraceptive; discuss this with your health care provider.
  • If you have had a GYN exam with your private health care provider, please get copies of your records before your appointment at WCU Student Health Services.
  • You must make an appointment to pick up packs of pills. You may pick up single or multiple packs at each appointment.

Emergency Contraception

  • Emergency Contraceptive (EC) pills are used to decrease the chances of pregnancy if no contraceptive (birth control) was used during sex, after a contraceptive failure (broken condom), or after a sexual assault.
  • EC is available at the Student Health Center by appointment (610-436-2509).
  • Women can take emergency contraceptive pills up to 72 hours after unprotected sex, but the sooner the pills are taken, the better they will work.
  • There are three different types of emergency contraceptive pills available in the United States. Some emergency contraceptive pills are available over the counter for women 17 years of age or older. If younger than 17 years, emergency contraceptive pills are available by prescription.
  • Emergency contraception is NOT a regular (ongoing) method of birth control. Take time during your appointment to discuss options for ongoing contraception.

Oral Contraceptives after an Annual Exam

  • Call your doctor's office and ask them to fax your medical history, exam, and last Pap smear record to us at 610-436-3148.
  • The WCU Student Health Services Release of Information Form can be used if needed. Once this information is received you may set up a brief appointment (610-436-2509) with one of our Women's Health Nurse Practitioners. They will review your history, ask you some questions to make sure there are no contraindications, and if appropriate, prescribe the contraceptive for you.

Costs

  • $12.00 fee for visit or exam
  • $20.00 fee for pap smear (without insurance)
  • $13.00 for a 28 day supply of birth control pills

You may choose whether to use insurance or not for any lab tests performed

Permanent (nonreversible) Contraception

 If you are interested in non-reversible contraception (such as vasectomy or tubal ligation) our clinicians can refer you to a local health care provider.
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