The choice is yours regarding which type of birth control you use. Your partner, family, and friends may play a part in your decision, but ultimately you decide. For sexually active people the best method for protection is the one that is consistent with your beliefs, goals, and medical history.

Different types of Birth Control

  • The Pill
  • Progestin-Only Pill
  • Depo-Provera
  • Emergency Contraception (Morning-After Pill)
  • Contraceptive Patch (Evra)
  • Intravaginal Ring (Nuvaring)
  • IUD-Copper
  • IUD-Progesterone (Mirena)
  • Female Condom
  • Male Condom
  • Diaphragm and Cervical Cap
  • Spermicide

Important questions to ask yourself before you choose a birth control

  • How much does this method cost?
  • What are the potential side effects?
  • What are the health risks?
  • How well does this method prevent pregnancy?
  • Will using this method help my partner and I reduce the change of acquiring or transmitting a STI?
  • Is this method a barrier method? Will I or my partner remember to use it very time?

For a detailed explanation of each type of contraception and questionnaire to help you decide click here

Birth Control Resources

Pregnancy Testing and Options

Whether this is a cause for celebration or completely unplanned, pregnancy is highly emotional, for both men and women. Regardless if the pregnancy was planned or unplanned, there are options in our community. Student Health Service provides pregnancy testing if you think you may be pregnant.

Some signs of pregnancy might include:

  • Absence of menstrual period
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Change in appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Breast Tenderness

Other Pregnancy Resources

If you would like to discuss with a professional which option is best for you, please contact Student Health to set up an appointment online or call (406) 994-2311

The pharmacy at Student Health can fill your contraception prescription.