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Reproductive Health

At the Schacht Center for Health and Wellness, we work to provide students with the best possible support around their reproductive health. We recognize that students of all identities deserve equitable access to the services that meet their unique needs. We provide services that are within the scope of our practice, and work to provide referrals to community providers we trust who can perform services outside of our scope of practice.


Resources Available Through Schacht

Community Health Organizers (CHOs) are students who are passionate about public health. CHOs have trainings on safe sex and consent that they are happy to share with Smith houses, student groups or other organizations within the college. If you’re interested in receiving this training, please email wellness@smith.edu to set it up.

Free contraception, including latex and non-latex condoms, internal condoms, dental dams and lube, are distributed to each house by Health and Wellness Liaisons at the beginning of every semester. Additionally, free contraception is available in each Schacht Center bathroom.

  • Schacht chooses to provide Ella rather than Plan B. Ella is effective on a broader patient weight range and requires a prescription from a healthcare provider. We are happy to prescribe this medication—appointments can be made by calling 413-585-2250. Prescriptions that are billed through insurance are often inexpensive or covered by insurance.
  • Plan B is NOT prescription—students can buy Plan B from a variety of pharmacies within 1 mile of campus.

A pap smear is a test done on someone who has a cervix to screen for cervical cancer. Individuals who are 21 years or older with a cervix are recommended to have a cervical cancer screening every three years. The screening is billed through insurance, but is often free.

Students can book STI screenings online with our “STI Express” webpage. Lab appointments are scheduled about 2 business days once the STI express screening form is submitted and complete results take about 3 business days to return once the labs are drawn. The test is billed through a student’s insurance because it is a lab service. Annual screening for gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV and syphilis is free through most insurances.

Prescriptions: Providers at Schacht can provide a variety of birth control pill prescriptions based on student need/preference. Meeting with a Schacht Center provider is a no-cost service for any Smith student and prescriptions are sent to pharmacies and billed through insurance.

Referrals: We refer students interested in getting IUDs, implants, or surgical birth control to outside providers who are practicing OBGYNs. We most commonly refer to community services within 2 miles of Smith. We also recognize that transportation should not be a barrier to accessing healthcare and are happy to support students to access care off campus.

Removal: Our providers at Schacht are able to conduct removals of most implants or IUDs.


Students can schedule appointments by calling 413-585-2250. Pregnancy tests done at the Schacht Center are free and do not go through insurance. Providers are available to interpret results and discuss next options with patients.

We refer students to practicing OBGYNs for these services. We most commonly refer to community services within 2 miles of Smith. We also recognize that transportation should not be a barrier to accessing healthcare and are happy to help students access care off campus. Insurance coverage varies by provider. Discretionary emergency funding is available if costs are prohibitive.

Mental health is an important facet of reproductive health. Clinicians within our counseling services are available to work with students around a variety of concerns, including supporting students before and after seeking care such as an abortion. Students are also welcome to sign up for Wellness department one-on-ones to discuss any of these topics.


Our Partners

As a primary care clinic, there are some services the Schacht Center is unable to provide. However, we work closely with community providers to ensure continuity of care and have the highest levels of confidence in the partners we refer students to. Our most common referrals for reproductive care services are to the following providers.

COOLEY DICKINSON HOSPITAL OBGYN & MIDWIFERY BAYSTATE OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY (NORTHAMPTON)

Resources

  • Planned Parenthood Emergency Contraception Resources
  • Smith Students for Reproductive Justice: Through SSRJ, Smith students engage with a network of college students across the country organizing events on their campuses to raise public awareness about reproductive health and rights, educate young people at concerts about sexual health, work with and support their local Planned Parenthood health centers, and mobilize advocates of reproductive rights.
  • Tapestry Health:
    • 76 Carlon Drive, Northampton, 413-586-2539
    • Confidential and affordable STI and pregnancy testing and culturally competent, gender-aware healthcare. PLEASE CALL AHEAD. Walk-in care is not available.

Smith Statements Around Reproductive Care Access

Schacht Center Statement

In light of the June 24, 2022 Supreme Court ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Schacht Center for Health and Wellness reaffirms its commitment to high-quality healthcare for Smith students. With respect to reproductive healthcare, the Center will continue providing counseling, education, preventative contraception and emergency contraception, among its other services.

This reproductive healthcare is available to all undergraduate students during their time on campus—no matter what state or country they come from, or what health insurance plan they have. We understand choices around reproductive healthcare are deeply personal. We strive to deliver compassionate medical and psychological support to students as they navigate those decisions.

SMITH’S STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT DECISION