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General Questions and Concerns

Your primary concern is to protect yourself from an unwanted pregnancy. Your body is your responsibility. Your partner may be willing to share the responsibility by using a condom or by being supportive of your contraception method(s), but ultimately the decision to protect yourself is up to you.

Talk to your physician about the various forms of contraception available. The form of birth control your physician advises you to use may depend upon your health history; some forms are not conducive to various health conditions.

Thinking about contraception is as important as any other healthcare option in life. Take this decision seriously. Take advantage of the safe and effective contraception options available today. Ohio State's Medical Center is committed to providing quality care for every individual. Below, you will find common questions and answers about our services. If you have additional questions or need additional information, contact us by phone at 614-293-2913 or by e-mail at contraception@osumc.edu  

What are the Comprehensive Contraception and Family Planning Clinic’s hours of operation?

The Clinic operates on Tuesday afternoons; we book appointments every 15 minutes between 12:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.  Patients who prefer to be seen on a different day or time can be scheduled in the general Ob/Gyn clinic.

To guarantee an appointment date and time, please call 614-293-8045.

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What should I do to prepare for my appointment?

To ensure that you are able to get your birth control method of choice on your appointment day, it is important that you abstain from having sex, or use another form of protection, such as a condom.  If you are already using birth control, continue using your current method until a doctor from the clinic advises you to stop.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time and bring a copy of your insurance card with you to every visit.

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What are the costs of services?

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center accepts most insurance plans including Medicaid, CareSource, Molina, Unison, and other private and state-sponsored health insurance plans. Almost all of our contraceptive services can be covered by your insurance company, which means you will probably only need to pay a co-pay or co-insurance amount, depending on your plan’s benefits.  If you are unsure about whether or not your insurance will cover your visit, contact us and we will confirm with your insurance company prior to your first appointment.

At OSU, we are committed to serving every patient’s needs, including those who do not have insurance. Financial aid for our services may be available for those who qualify. If you are in need of financial assistance, please ask about your eligibility when you call to schedule your appointment.

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What if I am not sure which options are right for me?

More than 3 million unintended pregnancies occur in America   each year. Almost half of these women are not using contraception, and for those women who are, the majority of unintended pregnancies result from the incorrect or inconsistent use of their contraception method.

Women who will potentially use a form of contraception to prevent pregnancy need to know the types of birth control methods available. When selecting a form of birth control, consider your lifestyle, STD risk, cost, comfort, effectiveness and health history.  Each woman needs to decide which contraceptive they will use correctly and consistently. Even a technologically perfect contraceptive will fail when not used in the correct manner.

Most contraception methods have a theoretical success rate, or “perfect use” rate, ranging between 91 and 99 percent. However, the actual success rates can drop dramatically, depending on the form of contraception being used and human error. For example, male condoms have a “perfect use” rate of 97 percent but an “actual use” rate of 88 percent.

For some online resources that can help you identify which method is best for you, please see the following Web pages:


Association of Reproductive Health Professionals

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I am considering these options but I don’t want my family physician or general practitioner to know.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center physicians and staff are required to uphold your right to privacy through HIPAA; all appointments and patient information are considered confidential.  We understand that some women may feel uncomfortable talking to their family physicians about these services, and we always take precautions to make sure your procedure is safe, often requiring a follow-up visit to our clinic as an added safety measure.

While we do not encourage our patients to keep information from their family doctor, we are sensitive to our patients’ needs, and we do not disclose information to any other clinics without your consent.

View more information on the Medical Center’s privacy policy

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What if I am on my period or bleeding the day of my appointment?

If you are experiencing regular period-related bleeding, this will most likely not interfere with your contraception appointment.  If you are experiencing intense, painful, or irregular bleeding for long periods of time, please consult with your family physician or general practitioner before coming to our clinic.

If you have been referred from Planned Parenthood, you should wait until your follow-up visit at the Planned Parenthood clinic before coming to see us at the Contraception Clinic, but make sure to schedule with us as soon as possible.

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I am a minor and want to access your services, but I don’t want my family to know.

Some services we offer require parent or guardian permission for patients under the age of 18.. If you are interested in a service that requires consent and you are under the age of 18, you may in some cases be granted a judicial bypass.

For more information, please call and do not e-mail us at 614-293-2913.

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I am a victim of sexual violence and am unsure about my options.

If you are a victim of sexual assault, rape or incest, call the Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO) 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 614-267-7020. If you are living outside of Columbus, you can also call the Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN) 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 800-656-HOPE (4673). These hotlines are staffed by people who can help you find immediate options.

Additional Resources:

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Schedule an appointment with Ohio State's Women's Health experts. Call 800-293-5123.