Sexual Health and Sexuality

In response to COVID-19, SHS provides medical services
via PHONE and VIDEO appointments.

NOW starting IN PERSON appointments for IUDs and Implant procedures!! 
Please call the health center at 415-338-1251
with any questions.

 

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Sexual health and sexuality are relevant to all of us - whether you are a novice, sexpert, abstinent, whether you are single, dating, or in a relationship:  it does not matter how you identify yourself sexually.  Sexuality is part of who you are, and healthy sexuality is important to your overall wellness.  You should have as much information as possible to make informed choices about sexuality.  The information, health care services and resources listed here can help you make healthy sexual choices.

Due to COVID precautions, all services below (unless indicated) are available by VIRTUAL appointment.  Please call SHS at 415-338-1251.

Registered students seeking sexual and reproductive health may access the following services at SHS:

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Fall 2020 lgbtq+ and questioning support group

 

Birth Control 

We can help you choose a birth control method that fits your lifestyle and address questions that may come up. You need an appointment but NOT an exam to get a prescription for birth control. Find out more information about different methods.

  • IUD (Intrauterine Device – Mirena, Paragard, Skyla, and Kyleena) - in person appointments!
  • Implant (Nexplanon) - in person appointments!
  • Depo shot (Depo-provera)
  • The Patch (Xulane)
  • Ring (Nuva Ring)
  • Birth Control Pills
  • External condoms
  • Diaphragm

Most health insurance plans including Medi-Cal and SF Health Plan cover the cost of the family planning services listed above.  In addition and if eligible, students may enroll in Family PACT which covers the cost of the listed family planning services including free condoms.  Talk to your provider to see if you are eligible.

Refills

If you are satisfied with your current birth control method (Pill, Ring, Patch or Depo-Provera) and you need a refill OR if you want to re-start one of these methods, then make a Birth Control Refill appointment online via myHealth.  Due to COVID precautions, please instead CALL the health center at 415-338-1251.
If you have questions or problems with your birth control method, please make a "vaginal, breast, or contraception concerns appointment" through myHealthDue to COVID precautions, please instead CALL the health center at 415-338-1251.

Please check if you have any remaining refills at the Student Health Service Pharmacy.

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Emergency Contraception ("the morning after pill" and Paragard IUD)

Emergency Contraception (also known as "the morning after pill," Plan B, Next Choice, or Ella) is available at the Student Health Services Pharmacy Curbside Pickup.  Call SHS at 415-338-1251 to request a prescription or our low cost options. Family PACT and health insurance plans cover the cost of emergency contraception.

If you need emergency contraception and you are interested in the Paragard IUD, this is another excellent method of emergency contraception.  Call SHS at 415-338-1251 and speak with our nurse.

Resources for emergency contraception when the health center is closed:

  • You can purchase Plan B at most pharmacies without a prescription.
  • www.Not-2-late.com for listings of pharmacies near you
  • SF City Clinic online prescription click on Plan B and follow instructions to send a prescription to a nearby pharmacy. You can use your FamilyPACT card to receive Plan B at no cost to you.

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Pregnancy tests and options

You may pick up a free test using our Pharmacy Curbside Pickup service. We can provide pregnancy options counseling and referrals for services to you. Simply call SHS at 415-338-1251 and speak to our nurse.

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Gynecological care

If you have any of the concerns listed below, please make a "Vaginal, Breast, or Contraception concerns" appointment through myHealth.  Due to COVID precautions, please call SHS at 415-338-1251 for a virtual appointment.

  • Vaginal bumps, unusual discharge or other symptoms
  • Menstrual or vaginal bleeding issues
  • Breast issues
  • Sexually transmitted infection (STI) or exposure –we can screen you!
  • Birth control methods - what is available and how to choose
  • Sexuality issues
  • Preconception counseling
  • Menopausal symptoms

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Cervical cancer screens

Please make a cervical cancer screen appointment for

  • a Cervical cancer screen (Pap smears) after age 21
  • abnormal cervical cancer screen follow-up

(NOTE:  you must call the clinic at 415-338-1251 to set up these appointments)

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Online Resources

General Gynecologic and Reproductive Health Services

Planned Parenthood - Women's Health

Sexual Health TV

Women's Health - U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services

 

Birth Control

Bedsider

OWH: Which Birth Control Method is Right for You?

Planned Parenthood - Birth Control

Go Ask Alice!

Birth Control for Life

 

Cervical Cancer Screening (Pap test)

Pap test - National Cancer Institute

 

Pregnancy Options

Pregnancy Options Workbook

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

STDs/STIs - American Social Health Association

UC Berkeley STI Risk Assessment

What You Need to Know About STIs and STDs

Genital HPV Infection - Fact Sheet

Genital Herpes - CDC Fact Sheet

 

 

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