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Contraception and Safer Sex

Contraceptives and condoms can help protect you against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). MIT Medical offers a wide variety of contraceptive choices to meet the needs of your lifestyle.

How we can help:

  • Checkups and other medical services, including the HPV vaccine and prescriptions for contraception, in Primary Care and Obstetrics and Gynecology.
  • Confidential testing for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Call 617-253-4481. Testing is free for all registered students. Results are available in approximately four days.
  • Contraceptives available at the MIT Pharmacy (E23, first floor). See chart below. Prescription tier numbers refer to the pharmacy copay for members of the MIT Student Extended Insurance Plan and the MIT Affiliate Extended Insurance Plan.

    Free condoms, dental dams, lubrication, and other supplies are also available outside of MIT Optical on the first floor of MIT Medical.

    We periodically update our supplies based on demand. To submit a supply recommendation, visit the Sexpert submission form.

Contraception Table

CONTRACEPTIVE METHOD COST* PRESCRIPTION required? APPOINTMENT required?

Condoms

• Free outside MIT Optical, next to Urgent Care on the first floor of E23
• About $10/box of 12 at MIT Pharmacy

No

No

Latex (“dental”) dams

• Free outside MIT Optical, next to Urgent Care on the first floor of E23

No

No

Diaphragm

No cost under MIT Student Extended Insurance Plan

Yes

Yes, call Primary Care (617-253-4481) or OB/GYN (617-253-1315)

Intrauterine device (IUD)

Covered in full at MIT Medical only

Yes

Yes, call Primary Care (617-253-4481) or OB/GYN (617-253-1315)

Implant (Nexplanon)

Covered in full at MIT Medical only

Yes

Yes, call Primary Care (617-253-4481) or Women's Health (617-258-5384)

Oral contraceptives (“the pill”)

Cost varies by brand; Tier 1 (generics) provided at no cost under MIT Student Extended Insurance Plan

Yes

Yes, call Primary Care (617-253-4481) or OB/GYN (617-253-1315)

Depo-Provera (injection)

Brand-name Depo-Provera has a copay; generic version provided at no cost under MIT Student Extended Insurance Plan

Yes

Yes, call Primary Care (617-253-4481) or OB/GYN (617-253-1315)

Contraceptive patch (Ortho-Evra)

No cost under MIT Student Extended Insurance Plan

Yes

Yes, call Primary Care (617-253-4481) or OB/GYN (617-253-1315)

Contraceptive vaginal ring (NuvaRing)

No cost under MIT Student Extended Insurance Plan

Yes

Yes, call Primary Care (617-253-4481) or OB/GYN (617-253-1315)

Emergency contraception

About $40 over-the-counter for adults 17 and over; prescription required for those under 17.

No, unless under 17**

See below**

*Costs listed above are subject to change. Note: Spermicides and the cervical cap are not sold at the MIT Pharmacy.
**Emergency contraception is available without a prescription for women aged 17 and older from the MIT Pharmacy or at any local pharmacy. If you are younger than 17 and need a prescription for emergency contraception, call Urgent Care at 617-253-1311. If you’ve been sexually assaulted, call Urgent Care or MIT’s 24-hour Violence Prevention & Response hotline at 617-253-2300.