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 alice@columbia.edu.

Peer Advocates

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.