Birth Control Education
Columbia students have a couple of options when it comes to learning more about birth control.
One-on-one Educational Sessions
Currently enrolled students can learn about birth control in one-on-one sessions with an Alice! Health Promotion professional staff member. In these sessions, students will have the opportunity to explore birth control options and safer sex strategies, as well as ask questions prior to meeting with a health care provider. This session is not a substitute for speaking or making an appointment with a medical provider. No prescriptions can be obtained during this session.
This session is appropriate for students who have never used birth control or who are currently using birth control and wish to discuss alternatives. Partners of someone who uses, or plans to use, birth control are also welcome, but this partner must be a Columbia student.
Students may request to speak with a staff member during regularly scheduled walk-in hours (no appointment necessary). However, students may also request to schedule an appointment outside of walk-in hours by contacting Alice! Health Promotion via phone at 212-854-5453 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peer advocates at the Women's Health Advocacy Project—part of the Gay Health Advocacy Project—are also available to discuss birth control, during free and confidential peer counseling sessions. Advocates provide a supportive environment to talk about sex and sexual health, and offer accurate information on birth control, gynecologic health, sexually transmitted infections, pleasure and communication, and more. Counseling sessions are open to Columbia students of all gender identities and their partners. No appointment is necessary and students can visit during walk-in hours.
Intra-uterine device (IUD) and Contraceptive Implant (Nexplanon) Insertion
Columbia Health recommends students first explore birth control options and sexual health issues with a health promotion specialist at Alice! Health Promotion or a peer advocate at the Women's Health Advocacy Project (WHAP).
If you are ready to proceed with an IUD or a contraceptive implant, please call Medical Services at 212-854-7426 or visit Medical Services on John Jay Hall 3 to make the appointment.
For other forms of prescription contraception, you may schedule a same-day appointment with your primary care provider, through Columbia Health Patient Portal on-line scheduling system.