Women’s Health

Student Health Services provides annual women’s health exams. Our doctors and nurse practitioners also provide evaluation and treatment of gynecological concerns, including urinary tract infections and menstrual irregularities. We can discuss issues and concerns related to women’s health and sexual health, including birth control options and pregnancy counseling. Call to schedule an appointment.

Our providers may refer a patient to a gynecological/obstetrics healthcare provider in the community when the care required goes beyond the scope of our practice.

Well woman information and annual health exams, such as the pelvic exam and pap test, are for all women regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity and whether or not they are sexually active.

Women’s Health Exams

Student Health offers routine annual women’s health examinations. Exams are by appointment only.  There is a fee for this exam.

An annual women’s health exam may include the following, as indicated by your age and risk factors, or as recommended by your heath care provider:

  • Time to speak with your health care provider and ask questions about your health
  • Discussion of health topics relevant to your age and risk factors
  • Exams and screening tests
  • Breast & pelvic examination
  • Pap test when indicated
  • Gonorrhea/Chlamydia screening
  • HIV/Syphilis test
  • HPV/DNA*
  • Immunizations

*For women 30 years of age and older, Student Health performs the recommended HPV/DNA test in addition to the standard Pap test. The fee includes both the Pap and HPV/DNA.

Click for women’s health exam and pap information in multiple languages (including Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Korean, and Spanish) (Health Information Translations website)

Preparing for your exam

  • Arrive 15-20 minutes before your appointment. Be prepared to fill out information regarding your personal and family medical history.
  • It is best to schedule a Pap test approximately 2 weeks after your menstrual period starts.
  • If you are having your menstrual period, please call Student Health regarding rescheduling your appointment.
  • At least 48 hours before your exam, avoid sexual intercourse and any type of vaginal penetration (even if using a condom) and do not douche and or use any vaginal medications.
  • Please do not urinate 2 hours before your appointment. Be prepared to give a urine specimen before your exam.
  • If you are experiencing any signs of a vaginal infection, you might need to reschedule your Pap test. Your provider will examine you for the possible infection, and let you know if you will need to reschedule.

Birth Control (Contraception)

Interactive birth control methods graphic, via bedsider.org

Bedsider.org has an interactive tool to explore birth control options.

Student Health Services providers can discuss birth control (contraceptive) options with students. They also provide contraception counseling, including abstinence support education.

Prescriptions can be written for all oral contraceptives, NuvaRing, Seasonale, Ortho Evra Patch, barrier methods, and  Depo-Provera. Most prescriptions can be filled at a local pharmacy.  Referrals can be given for students seeking the hormonal implant, IUD’s, and barrier method fittings.

Student Health has emergency contraception available. There is a fee for emergency contraception.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Our healthcare providers can provide screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), information about STIs, and prevention of STI’s.

Pregnancy

Student Health offers pregnancy testing and counseling. Pregnancy testing has a fee. Our healthcare providers are available to discuss options, resources, and services available.

Additional Resources

WomensHealth.gov

Women’s Health topics (Medline Plus)

Center of Excellence for Transgender Health

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Information (CDC)

HealthyWomen

Center for Young Women’s Health