Sex and Relationships

Birth Control

There are now more options for birth control than ever before! A variety of factors influence one’s decision about which method is best at a particular time in one’s life. Talk openly with your health care provider, and ask plenty of questions, to figure out which method is right for you.

NEW! Check out the interactive Method Finder on for an easy way to explore all of your birth control options. It's easy..

Planned Parenthood’s website contains an excellent comparison of the various birth control methods:

Emergency Contraception (EC) is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse. Emergency contraception is also known as the morning-after pill, emergency birth control, backup birth control, and by the brand names Plan B, One-Step, and Next Choice,. It can be started up to five days after unprotected intercourse. 

You may want to use EC if:

·         The condom broke or slipped off, and he ejaculated in your vagina.

·         You forgot to take your birth control pills, insert your ring, or apply your patch.

·         Your diaphragm or cap slipped out of place, and he ejaculated inside your vagina.

·         You miscalculated your "safe" days.

·         He didn't pull out in time.

·         You weren't using any birth control.

·         You were forced to have unprotected vaginal sex, or were raped.

 How Can IC Students Obtain Birth Control?

Hammond Health Center at IC offers:

Hormonal methods: Three different brands of oral contraceptives (pills) are available. Students can receive a prescription for a year’s worth of pills. An appointment must be made with a medical provider in order to obtain a prescription. A medical exam is NOT required at this visit.

Hammond Health Center medical providers can also provide prescriptions for the Vaginal Ring (NuvaRing), Birth Control Shot (Depo-Provera), and the Birth Control Patch (Ortho-Evra).

Students who are interested in obtaining the IUD or the Birth Control Implant (Implanon) can find these methods at Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes (PPSFL) in Ithaca, or at a private GYN practitioner’s office.

Free condoms are available on the lower (basement) level of Hammond Health Center, in the Center for Health Promotion (CHP). There is a basket of condoms on the bookshelf in the CHP Resource Room. Help yourself!

Emergency Contraception (Plan B) is available from Hammond Health Center at a cost of $25. Plan B can be purchased over-the-counter (without a prescription) by a woman OR a man aged 17 years or older. Students must show IC at the time of purchase. To obtain Plan B, ask at the Front Desk on the main floor of Hammond Health Center.

For more information:

Hammond Health Center



Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes (PPSFL) in Ithaca provides a variety of birth control methods, either free or on a sliding scale.

For more information:

314 W. State St., Ithaca, NY