How College Students Are Bringing Emergency Contraception Vending Machines to Campus

Chips, soda, Tylenol, and…Plan B?

As college students grapple with the potential ramifications of having sex in a post-, some reproductive health care advocates are working to add emergency contraception to the lineup of essentials distributed via on-campus vending machines. 

Proponents say putting medication like Plan B in a vending machine can help eliminate stigma around acquiring the pill. Vending machines can also make emergency contraception—which differs protection like condoms, birth control pills, or IUDs in that it’s used immediately after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy—easier to access. Plus, there’s a time constraint—pills like Plan B typically need to be taken within 72 hours—that adds to the urgency. 


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