By Marcella Labellarte, Contributing Writer ||

As a student here at F&M, I am not only focusing on my grades, my social life, and my family, but also on my health. I know that I am not alone in this and that my friends are also concerned about staying healthy and remaining safe. I am constantly faced with choices, wondering what decisions I should make, like should I do my homework, should I go to a party, should I trust this person to walk me home?

The good news is that when it comes to birth control, there are lots of very effective and convenient choices. (abrupt– this is not where I was expecting the article to go) Birth control options like the pill, the birth control patch, or long-acting, reversible contraception like an intrauterine device (IUD) allow women to choose the method that works best for them.

Additionally, if you are sexually active, using condoms and getting tested for STDs are basic parts of staying healthy and being responsible. You can take care of yourself and your partner by getting tested. STD tests are quick, simple, and painless, so why not get one as soon as possible? If you’re having discomfort, you may look into treatments such as getting an o-shot in Naples, FL.

One place that F&M students can go to get affordable birth control and STD testing is Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood medical centers provide high quality and essential health care as well as information about sexual and reproductive health to young people, women and men, whether or not you have insurance. Contact the Planned Parenthood of Lancaster by calling (717) 299-2891 or visit to take control of your health.

Marcella Labellarte is a sophomore contributing writer. Email her at