Sexual and Reproductive Health

Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraception (E.C.) can be taken to help prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse. It can be taken up to 120 hours (5 days) after the act of intercourse.

Plan B is available at the Health Center on a walk-in basis during open Health Center hours  to female  students.  We are not a  pharmacy and can only administer medication to Brandeis students for their own use. For this reason we are not able to provide emergency contraception for non-Brandeis students or male students.  Plan B can be purchased without a prescription at local pharmacies. Ella, an alternate emergency contraception which is recommended for women over 175 # or if it is later than 3 days after unprotected exposure,  can be prescribed by the Health Center and obtained using your insurance pharmaceutical coverage.

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Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)

Condoms are available for FREE in the Health Center waiting room and at SSIS (Student Sexuality and Information Services) on the third floor of the SCC for a low fee. If you:

  • are at risk of exposure from unprotected intercourse,
  • are having symptoms such as urinary stinging, burning, or frequency,
  • are having unusual genital discharge, odor, or itching,
  • notice a genital rash, skin growths, or ulcers,
  • are experiencing pelvic pain, pain or bleeding with intercourse, or
  • have other sexual or reproductive health concerns

Please call 781-736-3677 to make a confidential appointment for assessment and testing with one of our Nurse Practitioners.  If your insurance limits STI testing or you are concerned about insurance confidentiality  we have set up a self pay option which allows students to pay a low rate directly to the laboratory processing the samples. 

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Recommendations for routine assessment and screening (asymptomatic testing) which is often done as part of a comprehensive annual exam

  • Cervical Cancer screening every 3 years starting at age 21.

  • Annual screening for chlamydia (a bacterial STI) is recommended for sexually active women under the age of 25. This can occur at an annual gyn exam, with a urine test if there are no symptoms.

  • Annual HIV, Syphilis, N. gonorrhea and C . trachomatis screening  for MSM. HPV and Hep A vaccination and hep B screening if needed.
  • Gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and HIV screening for those with identified risks. 

  • Breast Exams every 1-3 years starting at age 20 and annually after age 40. Mammograms annually after the age of 40.
  • Men should know how to perform a testicular exam and have any concerns assessed by their medical providers.

  • Gardasil vaccine is recommended for  women and MSM up to age 26 and for men up to age 21 to protect against high risk Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) variants associated with cervical, throat, and anal cancers as well as HPV variants most commonly associated with genital warts.

Please call 736-3677 to make an appointment. If you are sexually active, we recommend the use of condoms and mutual monogamy to reduce the spread of STI's. Condoms are available for free from a jar in our waiting room. PreP is available upon review with one of our clinicians.

Contraception/Family Planning

If you are sexually active and do not intend to get pregnant we recommend that you use contraception. Health Center staff can help you decide what method may work best for your health, lifestyle, and family planning goals. Pregnancy tests are a service of the Health Center.

Please call 781-736-3677 for an appointment.

Some great resources to help you decide which method(s) may be best for you are:

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Sexual Assault

The Health Center provides confidential, non judgmental services for diagnostic testing for STI's, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing, and referral for other support services related to sexual assault, violence, and non consensual contact.

More Resources

Emergency Contraception

When the office is closed, you may purchase Plan B at local pharmacies. Ella is available by prescription only.  Some other  resources include:

Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (800) 258-4448 or (617) 616-1600

A Planned Parenthood Express Center (800) 258-4448 or (617) 616-1600

To find other health care providers that will provide emergency contraception, call 1-888-NOT-2-LATE or visit

STI Testing:  Off-Campus Resources

Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (800) 258-4448 or (617) 616-1600

Massachusetts General Hospital subsidized STD Clinic 

Fenway Health



Student Sexuality Information Service

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Intersex/Queer