Do you have questions about your contraceptive options? The following links contain a lot of good information that may help answer your questions. Student Health Service staff is always willing to answer your questions about contraception. Call 836-5360 to set up an appointment.
On Campus Resources
Off Campus Resources
- Depo Provera Information from the American Academy of Family Practice
- Which Birth Control Method? from Ortho-McNeil
- Making Sex Safer from Planned Parenthood
- Your Pelvic Exam from Planned Parenthood
- Gynecology exams Can Save Your Life! from Planned Parenthood
- Emergency Contraception
The "morning after pill:" an emergency contraceptive method. Pregnancy can be most commonly prevented by practicing abstinence or using some form of contraception. Sometimes, though, these methods fail or unexpected situations occur. The "morning after pill" is a viable form of emergency contraception available at Student Health Service.
Who is it for?
If you have:
- had unprotected or unplanned intercourse
- had a condom break or fail
- missed or forgotten a birth control pill
- had your diaphragm or cervical cap dislodge or fail
- been the victim of a sexual assault
What is it?
Emergency contraception (EC) has been available for many years and is now FDA approved for preventing pregnancy after unprotected intercourse. It involves taking two pills in a single dose. EC is NOT a regular form of birth control, it is only used as a last chance to prevent pregnancy. It is felt to be effective in reducing the risk of pregnancy by 89% if taken soon after intercourse.
How does it work?
Emergency contraception is thought to work by preventing ovulation, preventing fertilization of the egg, or disrupting implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterus. It is does NOT interrupt an already established pregnancy. It is very important to continue to use a birth control method if you have intercourse again after using emergency contraception.
What are the side effects and possible risks of MAP?
Serious side effects of Emergency Contraception are very rare. Some women may experience nausea and occasionally vomiting. If a woman who is already pregnant uses EC there are no known risks to the developing fetus. Most women will get their period within 7 - 21 days after EC. Some women may have some light spotting during this time. If you do not get your normal period within 3 weeks of using EC, then you should be seen for an exam and a pregnancy test.
What do I do if I think I may need emergency contraception?
Call Student Health Service at 715-836-5360 for more information or questions. If you might be a candidate for EC don't wait. EC is most effective within 72 hours of intercourse.
You may also visit Not-2-Late.