Protection and Contraception

Prescription contraception | Barrier methods | Emergency contraception


Prescription contraception

If you're thinking about starting oral contraceptives, make an appointment with one of our providers. Appointments are available in our general medicine clinics, by calling (413) 577-5101, or in the Women's Health Clinic, by calling (413) 577-6511. The Women's Health Clinic also provides other contraceptive options, including IUDs, implants and diaphragms.

If you're already taking an oral contraceptive, you can fill your prescription at the UHS Pharrmacy. Here's how to transfer an existing prescription.

Barrier methods

graphic of a condom in a packageUse a barrier method of protection correctly each time you're sexually active – including vaginal, anal and oral sex.

Learn how with these fact sheets from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

Male condoms

Female condoms

Dental dams

The UHS Pharmacy stocks condoms and spermicide at student-friendly prices. Shop privately in the expanded over-the-counter product area. Free condoms may also be available at health-related events across campus.

Emergency contraception

If you’ve had unprotected sex and are worried about the possibility of an unintended pregnancy, come to UHS for emergency contraception (EC). The earlier EC is taken, the more effective it is. 

Plan B One-Step®, one type of EC, is available at UHS. To help prevent unintended pregnancy, take a single dose within three days, or 72 hours, after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. 

Get Plan B One-Step at the UHS Pharmacy counter without a prescription or ID.