Hormonal Contraception (pills, patches or rings)
- Prescription contraceptives are available at Student Health Services by appointment
- 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 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.
- $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.