Contraceptives & Birth Control
Birth Control allows us to prevent pregnancy and plan timing of pregnancy. Picking a birth control method that fits your life is important, and remember, you are the only one who knows what is best for you. There are many other methods of protection other than condoms, which were used by 77% of MSU freshmen during last intercourse*.
Since it can be overwhelming figuring out which method to use and how much it will cost, we recommend Method Match; an interactive tool for choosing a birth control method.
Emergency Contraception Pills (ECP) also known as the "morning after pill," works to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sexual intercourse or the failure of a regular method of contraception. It is most effective the sooner you take it, but can be taken up to 72 hours after incident.
How Does ECP Work?
- ECP will not work if you are already pregnant
- ECP prevents pregnancy by temporarily stopping the release of an egg from a woman's ovary, fertilization, and/or implantation of fertilized embryo depending on where the woman is at in her menstrual cycle
When Should I Use ECP?
- Contraception was not used for sexual intercourse
- Your method of contraception failed (the condom broke or diaphragm slipped out of place)
- You missed more than two consecutive days of birth control pills this cycle
- You were sexually assaulted and currently not using a reliable method of contraception
Where is ECP available?
- ECP is available over the counter (no prescription is needed) at any pharmacy if you are 17 years or older with a photo ID. Olin Pharmacy offers ECP at a significantly reduced price.
Bedsider has great birth control information including exploring and comparing BC options, and common Q & A's. The site also has resources including appointment and BC reminders you can set up for yourself, and many other fun features.
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*Data is from the 2014 ACHA-National College Health Assessment (NCHA) of MSU students. For the full MSU NCHA report, visit http://ippsr.msu.edu/NCHA/NCHA_2014_Report.pdf