Each of us face difficult moments and choices in our lives. While it may not be the right choice for all people in all situations, Emergency Contraception (EC) is an option that students may access if they feel that EC is the correct individual personal choice.
Emergency Contraception is available over-the-counter at many pharmacies. The approximate cost is $50.00. EC is available at the local pharmacies and at other 24 hour pharmacies in the area. You may have to request EC at the pharmacy counter and provide proof of age with picture ID (drivers license, school ID etc.). Some pharmacies stock EC in the over-the-counter medication area of the store.
Emergency Contraception can be used if you have unprotected sex and don’t want to become pregnant. It should not be used instead of birth control on a routine basis. Regular use of a birth control method (such as condoms or birth control pills) is more effective.
You may need Emergency Contraception if:
- You didn’t use any birth control
- You had sex but did not plan on it
- A condom broke or slipped off
- Birth control was not used correctly
- You were forced to have sex (rape)
Albion College will provide transportation for those students who need EC. Students will be transported by Campus Safety in a College vehicle. Campus Safety Officers are trained in the importance of confidentiality when transporting students.
Albion College has an emergency loan fund available from either Student Health Services during office hours or from Campus Safety evenings and weekends for EC if needed.
If you are in need of emergency contraception (Morning After Pill) after-hours and have questions, call FONEMED 1-855-851-2208 for consultation with Registered Nurses.
For further information on emergency contraception (Morning After Pill), visit our online Self-Care Guide (Sexual Health),or Go Ask Alice at www.goaskalice.columbia.edu