Sexual and Reproductive Health
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. It is most effective when taken within three days.
Plan B is available at the Health Center on a walk-in basis during open Health Center hours to female undergraduates and graduate students. We are not a retail pharmacy and can only dispense 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. If you need Plan B when we are closed or are not a female Brandeis student Plan B can be purchased at local pharmacies. Ella, an alternate emergency contraception which is recommended for women over 175 # or if it is greater than 3 days since your unprotected exposure, can be prescribed at a visit and obtained using your insurance pharmaceutical coverage.
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Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI), Gynecological, and Testicular Exams
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. 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 concerns
Please call 781-736-3677 to make an appointment for assessment and testing with one of our Nurse Practitioners. All off-campus labs will be billed to your insurance by the providing laboratory and any uncovered costs will be your responsibility. 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.
Recommendations for routine assessment and screening
Annual gynecological exams and periodic pap screenings for cervical cancer 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 pap smear, or with a urine test.
Gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV screening for those with identified risks.
Men should know how to perform a testicular exam and have any concerns assessed by their medical providers.
Gardasil vaccine is recommended for both women and men up to age 26 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. This vaccine can be administered at the health center for a supply fee. You will be given documentation which you can able to submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement as applicable.
Please call 736-3677 to make an appointment.
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.
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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.
When the office is closed, you may also obtain Plan B at local pharmacies. Ella is available by prescription only. When the office is closed you may be able to get a prescription through:
To find other health care providers that will provide emergency contraception, call 1-888-NOT-2-LATE or visit www.not-2-late.com.
STI Testing Off-Campus Resources
INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH NEEDS