A great (and very common) question!
In terms of truly 'free' birth control options available at U of M, you'd be looking at condoms. External and internal condoms can be picked up for free from multiple locations on campus, such as:
If you are willing to go off campus, there are a couple of free birth control resources, depending on financial need, with more options than just condoms available to you (which is often what people want!) including:
The next best option for birth control methods are those methods that may be free-of cost depending on your health insurance. One downside to insured birth control options is that some insurance companies will ask you to pay at point of purchase and submit an insurance claim receipt to them for reimbursement. If you're looking to keep this information private, this may not be the best option for you, as anyone (e.g. parents or family members) who has access to your insurance account will be able to see the prescription. So as an example, if you have insurance coverage through a parent's work, your parent would be able to see the insurance receipt claim made for the birth control.
If you're interested in hearing about some insured birth control options, keep on reading!
U of M students enrolled in the UMSU Health and Dental insurance plan will have insurance coverage for 70-80% of the cost of prescription medications. The remaining 20-30% may be covered by Manitoba Pharmacare, a prescription drug benefit program that Manitobans with a Health Card and U of M students enrolled in the Student Health and Dental Plan can enroll in for free. For more information, visit Pharmacare.
Insured birth control options include:
As of 2016/2017, the birth control patch, the vaginal ring, and copper IUDs are not covered by UMSU insurance.
For more information on birth control methods and other healthy sexuality topics, here are some fantastic additional resources:
Feel free to drop by Healthy U Office Hours for more information and resources on birth control or other health topics!
The Healthy U Team