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Contraceptives (different kinds of birth control) are used to prevent pregnancy.

What kinds of birth control are available?

  • Male/external condoms and female/internal condoms
  • Oral contraceptive pills (birth control pills- taken daily)
  • Nuva Ring (a flexible contraceptive ring with that is placed in the vagina each month for 3 weeks)
  • Intrauterine Device (IUD) (a contraceptive device placed in the uterus for 3-5 years)
  • Diaphragm (a flexible dome shaped device placed in the vagina and used with a spermicide each time before sex)
  • Depo Provera (injectable hormornal birth control given every three months)
  • Contraceptive Implant (a small matchstick-like device placed in the arm to prevent pregnancy for up to 3 years)

Can I obtain prescription birth control at the SHC?

  • RIT students may make an appointment at the SHC to discuss starting, continuing or changing prescription birth control (contraceptives).
  • Some contraceptives are available for purchase at the SHC (two brands of generic birth control pills)
  • Others may be obtained with a prescription provided by an SHC clinician and taken to an outside pharmacy  (birth control pills the SHC does not stock, Nuva Ring, diaphragm, Depo-Provera)
  • Students who want to try a method that the SHC does not provide (IUD, contraceptive implants) can be referred to an outside clinician or clinic
  • Remember: condoms are effective, cheap, safe, and do not require a prescription.
  • Even if you are using a prescription birth control method, the SHC recommends the use of condoms or other barriers (dental dams) every time you have sex (oral, anal or vaginal) to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STI's).

Where can I get condoms?

Male/external (latex, and polyurethane for those who are allergic to latex) and female/internal condoms (polyurethane) are available without prescription at grocery stores and pharmacies close to campus—Wegmans, Target, Walmart, etc. The SHC has Male/external condoms and female/internal condoms which may be given to students who ask for them during an appointment. Male/external condoms and female/internal condoms are also available at various location around the health center including exam rooms and lobby.

Other places on campus to get condoms:

What about emergency contraception?

The SHC carries Plan B and Ella, emergency contraceptives sometimes called the “morning after pill”.

For more information about birth control methods see: Planned Parenthood