You slept through your alarm and barely planted your butt in a seat by the start of 9 a.m. econ class. You pulled a four-hour shift at the university library’s checkout desk before running across campus to meet up with your intramural soccer team. Alone with your shower thoughts, you flip through a mental catalog of sexy-but-not-too-sexy outfit options for tonight’s hang when it hits you: Sh*t. When was the last time I took my pill?
“Juggling the money, time, and transportation needed to deal with a birth control emergency, whether it’s running out of pills, needing emergency contraception, or needing a method that you can’t access, is a lot for any student,” Robin Watkins, CNM, WHNP-BC, tells Elite Daily. According to Watkins, who is also the director of health care at Power to Decide, a campaign to prevent unplanned pregnancy, many colleges do not have a health center on campus or nearby that offers birth control. Students who do have access to one may find that it has limited hours, she says.
If you live on campus, you may be even more concerned about keeping your private business from becoming dining hall tea than about determining how to get Plan B or pregnancy tests in a pinch. And given the country’s inadequate and inconsistent sex education standards, you may not have come to campus armed with accurate information about what to do in a contraceptive crisis. (No, splashing water in your vagina will not help you after a condom breaks.) So Elite Daily has your back with expert advice for how to handle five common birth control scares.