The On-campus Student Health Pharmacy does offer Emergency Contraception for all U of I students, without a prescription if you are 17 years or older. We verify age via driver’s license. No appointment is necessary to obtain it without a prescription and students can come by the pharmacy anytime during business hours (9am to noon and 12:30pm to 3pm M-F).
Currently, we offer two products: Plan B One Step (a one-time dose)and Levonorgestrel (one tablet now and one tablet 12 hours later). Prices vary depending on which type you choose and whether or not you have a prescription. If a prescription is obtained from a doctor, your insurance can be billed. Some insurance companies cover it and prices depend on the insurance plan. Our Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP) currently charges a co-pay. Our retail price for Plan B One-Step is $56.41 + tax and the Levonorgestrel is $50.77 + tax. With a prescription and SHIP insurance, the co-pay would be $30.00 for Plan B One Step or $15.00 for Levonorgestrel.
Emergency Contraception(EC) is not intended to be the primary method of birth control, but is available if needed. Free condoms are available at the Student Health Clinic and an appointment can be made with one of their providers to discuss other birth control options.
EC can be used up to 120 hours, or five days, after unprotected intercourse, but it's more effective the sooner it's taken.
EC is also available at most pharmacies and Planned Parenthood. The price varies by region and pharmacy.
For more information about where to get the EC closest to you, call the Emergency Contraception Hotline from anywhere in the United States at 1.888.NOT.2.LATE (1.888.668.2.5283).
Information offered by Vandal Health Education is not meant to replace advice given by your health care provider. If you have a serious medical condition, please seek assistance from your local health care provider or Student Health Services. If this is an emergency, please dial 9-1-1.