Sexual and Reproductive Health

The Student Health and Wellness Center offers a variety of sexual health services, including contraceptive services, pregnancy testing and counseling, testing for sexually-transmitted infections, and more.

Contraceptive Services

Birth Control

The SHWC offers a variety of birth control methods, including:

  • Condoms
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Injection
  • Intrauterine and subdermal contraceptives
  • Vaginal Ring

Our current list of contraceptives can be found in our drug formulary (PDF).

Birth Control Refills

Students who have been prescribed birth control from the SHWC can conveniently refill prescriptions using the online contraceptive refill form on the Pyramed Health WebPortal. Please allow 48-72 business hours for each request to be processed. If there are any issues processing the request, students will receive a secure message via the Pyramed Health WebPortal.

Emergency Contraception

Students seeking emergency contraception can schedule an appointment with an SHWC provider or registered nurse (RN).

We offer two types of emergency contraception appointments:

  • A 30 minute appointment with a provider that includes contraceptive counseling in addition to providing medication
  • A 20 minute appointment with a RN to only provide medication

The SHWC offers the medication Econtra EZ ($11) for emergency contraception, which should be taken within 72 hours after unprotected intercourse. For students with a body mass index over 25, Ella is available, which can be taken for up to 5 days after unprotected intercourse.

If students are unable to make it to the SHWC, emergency contraception can be purchased over the counter at a local drug store, online from Amazon, or www.afterpill.com.

A Copper IUD can also be used as emergency contraception for up to 5 days after unprotected sex. Disclaimer: SHWC is unable to provide this service due to limited ability to schedule urgent IUD placement appointments.

Additional Resources for Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (including abortion services):

Testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections

To save yourself time and money…

The SHWC recommends I Want The Kit (IWTK) – a FREE testing service for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and HIV.

I Want The Kit

IWTK is a free STI self-screening service that allows you to collect a sample in the privacy and comfort of your own home and mail it back for testing. Residents of Maryland, Washington DC, and Alaska can order and receive a kit. Washington DC participants will pay $3.66 to mail swab(s) back for testing. Return postage is prepaid for all other participants!

To learn more about this service, visit the IWTK website.

The SHWC offers confidential testing for several sexually transmitted infections, including:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Syphilis
    • Per the CDC you should get tested regularly for Syphilis if you are sexually active and
      • are a man who has sex with men
      • are living with HIV; or
      • have partner(s) who have tested positive for Syphilis

Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and HIV testing are free once per year for those that have the school-sponsored health insurance plan.

For students with other insurance plans Chlamydia and Gonorrhea testing will cost $24 per site tested, per visit.

Syphilis and HIV testing can be done for free via the Maryland Public Health Lab.

If interested in STI testing at our clinic, please schedule an appointment with a provider.

HPV Vaccinations

The SHWC offers the Gardasil vaccine, which protects against the Human Papillomavirus. HPV vaccines are given as a series of three doses over the course of six months. This vaccine is free with the school-sponsored health insurance plan.

For detailed information regarding HPV, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s HPV website.

Additional STI Resources