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Whether you're interested in preventing pregnancy, considering pregnancy, or wondering what options you have for an unplanned pregnancy, UHS is here to help.

UHS offers many safe and effective birth control choices, including birth control pills, patches and rings, intrauterine devices (IUDs), and implants. We recommend learning about all of your options. Check out Planned Parenthood's Birth Control Effectiveness Chart and My Method, a tool to help you decide which method could be best for you.

We also offer emergency contraception (EC), which works best the sooner it's taken, but can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex. Either partner can get EC at UHS, without an appointment.

It's important to know that there are three types of EC: Plan B (or generic), Ella (ulipristal acetate), and Paragard IUD (copper T).  The most effective type depends on timing of unprotected sex and your weight.

  • Plan B works up to 3 days after unprotected sex and is most effective if you weigh less than 165 pounds.
  • Ella works up to 5 days after unprotected sex and is most effective if you weigh less than 195 pounds.
  • Paragard IUD works up to 5 days after unprotected sex and is effective across all weight ranges.  If this is an option you're interested in, please mention that it's for EC and come to UHS to discuss with us.

We are happy to help you choose a method to fit your needs. Schedule an appointment with us to discuss your options, to start a new method, or to restart birth control.

UHS offers some pre-pregnancy health services for students who are considering pregnancy or are recently pregnant. If you are planning a pregnancy, please schedule either a women's annual exam or a wellness exam to talk with a healthcare provider.  We can also provide referrals for prenatal care.

UHS staff are available to listen and answer questions in a supportive, non-judgmental and confidential manner. If you are pregnant, there are 3 options available:

1) you can give birth to and raise your baby;

2) you can give birth to and place your baby for adoption; or

3) you can end your pregnancy by having an abortion.

We can provide information and referrals for any option you choose.

The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers a comprehensive Frequently Asked Question Sheet on Pregnancy Choices.