Can I get contraception through UHS?
Yes! UHS provides education about and access to contraceptive methods. Students can make an appointment with a provider to discuss contraceptive methods and to get a prescription, if necessary, for their contraceptive choice.
Birth control pills and patches can also be prescribed directly by our pharmacists. Contact the pharmacy to make an appointment.
What contraceptive methods are available through UHS?
- Oral contraceptive pills (birth control pills)
- Intrauterine systems (IUS) (Mirena, Kyleena, Skyla)
- Intrauterine device (IUD) (ParaGard)
- Implant (Nexplanon)
- Contraceptive ring (NuvaRing)
- Contraceptive patch
- Depo-Provera shot
- Referrals to community providers to discuss permanent sterilization
More information about contraception choices is available from Planned Parenthood.
What is the cost for contraception through UHS? Do you accept CCare?
UHS can bill your health insurance for contraception.
If you do not have insurance, consider signing up for CCare Oregon. Oregon Contraceptive Care (CCare) is a federal program that provides free birth control and contraceptive services to qualifying students. Come to the main reception desk in the health services building for more information or call the CCare medical billing coordinator at 541-346-2452. You can find and fill out the CCare enrollment form in the myUOHealth portal under "Forms." Be aware that it can take up to three days to process the enrollment form. CCare does not cover the cost of birth control consults with the UHS pharmacy. You can learn more about CCare on their website.
Emergency Contraception: Plan B, and Ella
Emergency contraception reduces the risk of pregnancy after unprotected sex. Emergency contraception must be taken within 120 hours (five days) after unprotected intercourse to avoid pregnancy, but the sooner it is taken, the more effective it will be. It will not harm an existing pregnancy.
Plan B: All students 17 or older, regardless of gender, may purchase Plan B from the pharmacy without a prescription. Plan B is provided free to students who qualify for CCare or following a sexual assault. Plan B loses effectiveness if taken more than 72 hours after intercourse. Plan B is less effective for people over 165 lbs/70 kg.
Ella: Ella requires a prescription from a medical provider. It is much more effective than Plan B between 48 and 120 hours after sex. Ella is less effective for people over 195 lbs/88 kg.
More information about emergency contraception is available from Planned Parenthood.
Pregnancy Testing and Counseling
Students may call 541-346-2770 and speak with a triage nurse regarding pregnancy testing and related questions. Pregnancy testing can be done through a visit to a medical provider.
UHS believes all people have the right to access essential, effective, safe, and evidence-based medical care. Individual healthcare decisions belong between a patient and their medical provider. When it comes to decisions regarding pregnancy, our medical providers will provide information, options, treatments, and referrals in support of their patients’ right to bodily autonomy and informed decision-making.
UHS medical providers can discuss options with you regarding continuing or ending a pregnancy and will support you in making the right decision for your own body.
Additional Reproductive Resources
Reproductive care is also available through several clinics in the Eugene-Springfield area. Check with your insurance carrier to find available providers. Call ahead to find out the location of the facility and the best transportation options or check UO Transportation Services.