Emergency Contraception

Student Health Services (SHS) provides Emergency Contraception for a fee.

  • Patients can walk-in to the clinic, no scheduled appointment is necessary.
  • When a student comes to the clinic for emergency contraception, the student will meet with a nurse.
  • A pregnancy test will be performed at the health center, if needed (there is an additional fee for the test).
  • Information on how emergency contraceptives work will be provided and the student will have an opportunity to ask questions.

What is Emergency Contraception?

Emergency contraception prevents pregnancy after unprotected sexual intercourse. Emergency contraception can be used when a condom breaks or another birth control method does not work successfully, after a sexual assault, or when unprotected sexual intercourse occurs.

Emergency contraception is available “over-the-counter”, which means you can purchase it at a store without a prescription from a healthcare provider. Ask a staff member or pharmacist if you need assistance locating the contraception.

Emergency contraception is not the same as the RU486 (abortion pill).  It will not interfere with an existing pregnancy.  It is meant for emergencies only and should not be used as an ongoing method of contraception. Additionally, emergency contraception does not protect against sexually transmitted infections.

Emergency contraception pills (ECPs) consist of hormones used in oral contraceptives. ECPs are most effective if used within the first 72 hours after unprotected sexual intercourse occurs.

Depending on the time they are taken during the menstrual cycle, ECPs may inhibit or delay ovulation, alter transport of the egg or sperm, interfere with fertilization, or alter the lining of the uterus thereby inhibiting implantation of a fertilized egg.

Additional Information

Planned Parenthood
The Emergency Contraception website