Sex during college: What’s the Deal with Birth Control?

By Kara Fields

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Previously published in The Daily Texan’s Longhorn Life April Issue

Getting laid, banging, boning, or whatever euphemisms are floating around these days, here in the age of app hookups it’s no secret that a sizeable amount of college students are having sex. (If only some of us could be so lucky, am I right?) The transition into university comes with a lot of freedoms, one being privacy to ~ get busy ~ now that you’re living away from your parents – or so you thought. Buying condoms with cash at a local gas station or grocery is probably the most stealthy 007 way to purchase contraceptives, but for many female students who want a little something extra in terms of protection, birth control is difficult to obtain without having to announce to your parents that you want to do the nasty so that your medical insurance can cover it.

Image Credit: The New York Times

That’s right, someone had the nerve to say it: family medical insurance plans are cock blocks.

Of course there are many college-aged sexually active women who have pretty cool parents – parents who understand that if your kid (who is now a consenting adult) is going to have sex, might as well allow them to take every precaution. With more and more people putting off marriage until a later age, it’s hard to imagine that everyone would agree to save it until 30.

However, for the portion of heterosexual women with religious or strict parents, finding a safe and inexpensive birth control can be quite perplexing.

Here are a few resources to access birth control if any of the above sounds like you or your partner:

UHS Women’s Health Clinic

University Health Services has a women’s health clinic that welcomes all students who identify as women or have been assigned female at birth. Among other services they offer contraceptive advice, prescriptions and administrations of the pill, shot, ring, IUDs, and implants. They have a helpful information video series on their website and offer low cost and occasionally free condoms.

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood provides a variety of services and there are two centers located just within 5 miles of campus. They mail birth control and also have an app called Planned Parenthood Direct worth checking out. Appointment scheduling and information can be found on their website.

Birth Control Apps

Planned Parenthood isn’t the only institution with a birth control app.  Apps such as Nurx ask you a series of health questions, get you a prescription from a physician, and mails your birth control right to your door for fifteen dollars a month if you don’t have medical insurance. Maybe a little sketchier in my opinion as you never have any face to face interaction with a doctor, but from what I’ve heard it’s actually pretty great.

There are many other resources that you can look into, just remember to consult trusted sources and be safe – your sexual health is no joke.