Birth Control and Sexual Health

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All registered students with a vagina may access the following gynecological and reproductive health services at SHS. These services are provided by SHS physicians (MD), nurse practitioners (NP), registered nurses (RN) and clinical or medical assistants.

STI Testing

For more information regarding STI Testing, please visit our STI or HIV testing page.

Birth Control

How to help you choose and use a birth control method that fits your lifestyle and to also 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.

If eligible, students may enroll in Family PACT which covers the cost of many family planning services such as birth control, emergency contraception, and preventive gynecological exams.

  • Birth Control Pills
  • The Patch (Ortho-Evra)
  • Ring (Nuva Ring)
  • Implant (Nexplanon)
  • Depo shot (Depo-provera)
  • IUD (Intrauterine Device – Mirena, Paragard, and soon Skyla)
  • External condoms
  • Diaphragm

Birth Control Refills

If you are satisfied with your current birth control method (Pill, Ring, Patch or Depo-Provera) and need a refill OR if you want to re-start a birth control method you had previously been satisfied with, then make a Birth Control Refill appointment online via myHealth.
If you have questions or problems with your birth control method, please make a "cervical cancer screening" through myHealth.

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

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Emergency Contraception ("morning after pill")

Emergency Contraception is available at the Student Health Services Pharmacy after you see one of our providers or nurses for a prescription. Emergency contraception is also known as the ‘morning after pill," Plan B, Next Choice, or Ella. If you are enrolled in Family PACT, the cost of emergency contraception will be covered.

Resources for emergency contraception when the health center is closed:

  • You can purchase it at most pharmacies without a prescription.
  • 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

  • Pregnancy tests
    • You may pick up a pregnancy test kit directly from the SHS Pharmacy;
    • If you have concerns or questions, please call SHS at (415) 338-1251 or come in to make an appointment with a Nurse
  • Counseling regarding options and referrals for services

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Cervical Cancer Screening

Cervical caner screening tests are available. Make a "cervical cancer screening" through myHealth.

  • Vaginal bumps, unusual discharge or other symptoms
  • Menstrual or vaginal bleeding issues
  • Breast issues
  • Sexually transmitted infection (STI) or exposure –we can screen you!
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Pap smears after age 21 and abnormal Pap smear follow-up   (NOTE:  you must call the clinic at 415-338-1251 to set up a Pap smear appointment)

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Preventive health care

  • Cervical cancer screening tests are for those at least 21 years old
  • Screening for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) - recommended at least once a year for sexually active students with a vagina <25 years old even if no symptoms
  • Safer sex information
  • Birth control methods – what is available and how to choose
  • Sexuality issues
  • Preconception counseling

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Online Resources

General Women's Health

Planned Parenthood - Women's Health

Sexual Health TV

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


Birth Control

Contraception: Which Method is Right for You?

Planned Parenthood - Birth Control

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals- Birth Control Tool

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals


Go Ask Alice!


Legal Resources

Women’s Health: A Guide to Legal Resources


Sexual Health

You Be the Influence


Lesbian and Bisexual Women's Health

Lesbian and bisexual health fact sheet


Pap testing

Pap test - National Cancer Institute


Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

STDs/STIs - American Social Health Association

What You Need to Know About STIs and STDs

Genital HPV Infection - Fact Sheet

Genital Herpes - CDC Fact Sheet

Herpes - Westover Heights Clinic

Anonymous Partner Notification Service


Pregnancy Options

Pregnancy Options Workbook


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