The Condom Fairy is a free program that sends safer sex supplies and health information right to BU students’ mailboxes.
About the Condom Fairy
At BU, safer sex has a tiny winged ambassador, The Condom Fairy. The Condom Fairy delivers on- and off-campus to make it easier for BU students to access condoms and other safer sex supplies by removing cost, privacy, and embarrassment barriers. The Condom Fairy also provides important information about consent and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing resources.
Available Supplies and How to Use Them
Safer sex supplies aren’t “one size fits all.” Supplies can come in a variety of sizes, materials, flavors, colors, and more. The Condom Fairy offers a selection of supplies to meet BU students’ wants and needs. You’ll also find instructions on how to use these supplies.
Order from the Condom Fairy
Need condoms ASAP?
Students can get free, discreet condom packs at Student Health Services. Visit SHS at 881 Commonwealth Ave. during business hours and ask a staff member for a discreet bag of supplies.
Emergency contraception options
Emergency contraception (the morning after pill) can be taken to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. It is most effective when taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, but you can take it up to five days after – the sooner the better. Learn more about how emergency contraception works.
Emergency contraception vending machine
Emergency contraception is available through a vending machine in the basement of the George Sherman Union near BU Central for $7.25. This resource is provided by Students for Reproductive Freedom.
No need to make an appointment! If you need emergency contraception, follow these steps in Patient Connect:
- Log into Patient Connect and select the option for “Messages”
- Select “Primary Care” and the option for “Ask a Nurse – Emergency Contraception”
A nurse will review your message and send a prescription to the pharmacy of your choice. If you have SHIP insurance, you’ll be able to pick up the prescription at no charge. If you have another insurance plan, the cost for the medication will depend on your provider’s policy.
Please note, messages sent through the Patient Connect portal are reviewed Monday – Friday, during Primary Care business hours, and Saturday until 12:00pm. If you need immediate access outside of these hours, we suggest one of the options below.
Off campus locations
Planned Parenthood and local pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens offer emergency contraception at the pharmacy counter. If you pay out of pocket (without using health insurance), the cost is typically around $50.
Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Testing
If you’re sexually active, getting tested regularly for STIs is an important part of taking care of your sexual health. SHS offers convenient STI testing on campus. Learn more about when and how to get tested, what to expect, how to talk with sexual partners about testing, and more in this Q&A with a nurse.