April 13, 2007 12:30 ET

Congress In Students' Bedrooms

BERKELEY, CA--(Collegiate Presswire - April 13, 2007) - College students have become accustomed to hearing about price hikes for tuition and books, but now the battle for their dollar has moved from the classroom into the bedroom.

Due to the recently passed Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, college health centers across the country were recently informed that they would no longer receive birth control discounts from drug manufacturers.

As students are typically among the lowest income earners, health centers aim to provide popular contraceptives, such as Tri-Cyclen Lo and Plan B, at low prices. Using manufacturers' discounts and sourcing low-cost suppliers were two ways that centers could accomplish this goal.

Unfortunately, the well has dried up and there are simply no more savings to pass on. The result: The next time a student needs to purchase contraceptive medications, they will be forced to pay more.

Dr. Jane Halpern, director of health services at the Dowell Health Center, said " health centers got whacked with this law...when prices suddenly increase like this, double or even more, it's upsetting to the patients (students)..."

High birth control prices are forcing students and women to consider their options. Instead of paying double or triple the usual amount, many are finding the savings they seek at popular websites such as They are meeting the need by offering popular medications like Nuva Ring, Plan B, Alesse and Yasmin at a savings of 40% or more.

Making purchases online has the additional benefit of anonymity. Women in small communities may feel uncomfortable filling their prescription at a pharmacy where they are known by their pharmacist, where local sentiment discourages the use of contraceptives. provides affordable birth control via mail order to help women achieve their life-health goals. Visit for more information, or call 1 866 573 5052.

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