Contraceptives, or different kinds of birth control, are used to prevent pregnancy. RIT students can make an appointment with us to discuss starting, continuing, or changing prescription birth control. Some contraceptives are available for purchase at the Student Health Center, while others may be obtained with a prescription provided by a Student Health Center clinician and taken to an outside pharmacy.
- 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 hormonal 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)
- Emergency Contraception
Depending on your insurance coverage, our clinicians may be able to place IUDs and contraceptive implants in the Health Center. For same-day insertions or if your insurance plan is unable to ship to us, we can refer students to an outside office.
Even if you are using a prescription birth control method, the Student Health Center recommends the use of condoms or other barriers (dental dams) every time you have sex (oral, anal, or vaginal) to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Condoms are effective, cheap, safe, and do not require a prescription.
Male/external (latex, and polyurethane for those who are allergic to latex) and female/internal condoms (polyurethane) are available without a prescription at grocery stores and pharmacies, in the Student Health Center exam rooms and lobby, and at the following locations on-campus: the Center for Women and Gender, the Q Center, Sol’s, and through the Play It Safe online ordering system.
Play It Safe is an online ordering system for RIT students to order cost-free safer sex supplies and have them delivered to one of four convenient drop-off locations. All supplies and orders are free. Options include various barrier methods for protection, lubricants, and more! All kits include additional education and conversation starters to help build skills and confidence when communicating with partners. Order a Play It Safe Kit
For more information about birth control methods, visit Bedsider.