SHS provides a range of services, including but not limited to gynecological care, contraception counseling and prescriptions, preventive care, and STI testing. All services are confidential. Appointments for gynecological and reproductive care are available to Penn’s gender diverse community.
Appointments can be scheduled online or by calling 215.746.3535. Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
Click on the links below for more information.
- Contraception (birth control) and Contraception Education
- Emergency Contraception (“EContra EZ” or “Ella”)
- Where to get EC:
Student Health Services (SHS) sells EC by a nurse appointment. EC is available anytime SHS is open. EC is available to all PENN students regardless of gender. Call 215-746-3535 for a Nurse appointment.
Pharmacy: After hours, Econtra EZ is available at the pharmacy counter of your local pharmacy without a prescription. Ella requires a prescription.
Plan ahead: Next time you have an appointment at SHS, ask your provider for a prescription for EC. Most health plans cover EC without co-pay (no charge) at a pharmacy. You can also schedule a brief appointment in GYN care to get a prescription “for future use”.
Messed up on the pill, patch or ring an d not sure if you need EC, Follow this link to help decide. https://tools.plannedparenthood.org/missed_pill_patch_ring
- Where to get EC:
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
- HPV Vaccine
- Lactation locations
- Medication refills
- Penn Family Center
- Penn Women’s Center free kits for breast pumps
- Pregnancy Testing and Options Counseling
- Sexual Wellness
- Sexuality Issues
- Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s)
- Urgent Care visits
- Breast and Pelvic Exams
- Women’s health related nutrition concerns
Besides routine check-ups or to obtain contraception, you are welcome to schedule an appointment if you have any of the following symptoms or concerns:
- Abnormal or heavy vaginal discharge that itches, burns, has an odor, or causes you discomfort
- Heavy vaginal bleeding, missed periods or irregular menstrual cycles
- Bleeding between periods (spotting or break through bleeding)
- Painful intercourse
- Menstrual cramps that cause you to miss school or work
- Any signs of pregnancy
- Side effects or problems from your birth control method
- Breast pain, lump, or discharge from the nipple
- Urinary tract infection (UTI) symptoms
Click here for information on pelvic care and sexual health services for trans, nonbinary or gender non-conforming patients at SHS.