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It’s about that time! Many college campuses throughout Southern California are set to open their doors to students starting this month. Whether you’re a freshman prepping to set foot on campus for the first time, or you’re a senior getting ready to finish their final year of college, there are some important things to take care of before heading to campus. 

Of course, there’s packing fun dorm decorations, buying school supplies, and downloading your class syllabi, but one thing you should also be doing is prioritizing your health. 

College is a busy place, especially if you’re working in between studying, attending extracurricular activities, and exploring new social circles. Making sure you schedule your annual wellness exam before move-in day or the first day of classes can help give you peace of mind or one less thing to worry about. 

You can even make a same-day or next-day appointment at your local Planned Parenthood so you can check your wellness exam off your to-do list quickly. 

Planned Parenthood also offers all available birth control options, so while you’re there, it might be a good idea to talk to your care team about what option is best for you as you head off to school. Long-acting methods like IUDs or the implant last for years and are great for busy people who don’t want to become pregnant any time in the near future. 

If you think there’s a possibility that your late night study sessions with a cutie from class could turn into something more, it might also be a good idea to get tested for STIs (sexually transmitted infections). It’s recommended that sexually active people get tested once a year, or before becoming intimate with a new partner. Getting tested at Planned Parenthood is quick, and easy, and results are available within a few days. 

At Planned Parenthood, we’re proud to provide high-quality, compassionate care for little to no cost. Plus, all of our services are completely confidential. To make an appointment, call (714) 922-4100.