Student Health offers convenient and readily available appointments for women to consider all options for preventing unplanned pregnancies.
Because of this, UCSB pharmacists are not providing the “self-administered hormonal contraception protocol” recently authorized in California.
UCSB Student Health already has an existing system which quickly provides visits for all methods of birth control:
- An initial medical visit providing education on all available methods and medical screening for any conditions which would make some methods less safe than others.
- After the initial visit, hormonal contraception such as pills, rings, patches and injections can be prescribed for 12 months.
- For women under the age of 21, refills may be authorized through an online process until age 21 (unless problems with the method develop).
- UCSB Student Health follows national guidelines postponing routine Pap testing until age 21.