Women's Health

Maggi Bridwell
Center for Women's Health

Second Floor, University Health Center
(301) 314-8190. Fax: (301) 314-3596.

Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate women as well as faculty and staff are eligible for Women's Health Services. Women's Health is staffed by physicians, nurse practitioners and physician's assistants who are trained in the examination, diagnosis, and treatment of healthy patients as well as those with common problems. 

We acknowledge that being a woman ≠ vagina. Regardless of your gender identity, if you have a uterus, vagina, or breasts, we encourage you treat them to routine wellness exams and problem focused care when needed. Our unit specializes in providing this care and looks forward to treating you well so you can stay well!

For many people, talking to a healthcare provider about your health and body can be intimidating. You may be asked questions that can be difficult to discuss, such as your family health history and your own health history and behaviors, including use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, sexual behavior, and interpersonal violence.

You might feel uncomfortable answering some questions or unsure how the provider will respond to your concerns. However, being able to communicate with your healthcare provider about your health and concerns is critical for them to provide you with the highest quality and most accurate care. Your healthcare provider should be able to give you straightforward, nonjudgmental feedback and guidance about your body and wellness, but they have to start with the whole picture! We hope to cultivate a space where you feel comfortable sharing, where your concerns are heard, and your needs are met. If this is not the case, please let us know how we can do better by using our feedback form.

To schedule an appointment, please visit myUHC or call 301-314-8190. The scheduler will ask you some specific questions to help us match you with the best clinician for your appointment and to ensure that we have sufficient time to address your most pressing needs and concerns. 

Women’s Health Services Include:

Annual Gynecology Exam

Breast problems


Contraceptive (birth control) Services and Emergency Contraception

Initiating and managing hormone therapy

Pregnancy Testing and Counseling

Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing


Prepare for your visit:
Lots of people get nervous and their minds go blank in health care situations, so it may be helpful to prep a little. You can make the best use of your time by writing down questions and bringing them to your visit. Our Terps Ask page may help you get started. A few more things to keep in mind before your visit:

  • If this will be your first Pap or Pelvic Exam – please read this handout “Explaining the Pap & Pelvic Exam
  • You should not be menstruating on the day of the exam – please call 301-314-8190 to reschedule.
  • Know the date of the first day of your last menstrual period.
  • Avoid penetrative sexual intercourse, tampons, douching, and vaginal medications for at least 2 days prior to your visit.
  • Thinking about starting birth control but want to talk to someone about all of your options first? Contact Jenna Beckwith Messman, Sexual Health Coordinator, at jbeckwit@umd.edu or 301-314-8130 and/or visit www.bedsider.org for more information. 


Select appointments may be made via the web at www.myuhc.umd.edu. Appointments may also be made by phone (301) 314-8190 Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. Same-day appointments are limited. Please be prepared to provide the date of the first day of your last menstrual period.

If you feel that you have an emergency that requires prompt attention, call (301) 314-8190.


Women's Health Appointments you may schedule though MyUHC include:

  • Women’s Health Annual Visit
  • Insurance typically covers these appointments only once a year. Please check with your insurance for more information about what they will cover and when you are next due.
  • Vaginal symptoms such as experiencing discharge, irritation, itching, rashes or bumps  – WOMEN ONLY
  • Includes an examination, STI screening, and treatment if necessary.
  • STI testing, no symptoms (and NO KNOWN contact with an STI infected partner)
  • Includes an examination and will focus on your sexual health and STI screening.
  • Urinary tract symptoms (i.e. burning while urinating or blood in urine) you may also call 301-314-8184 for an appointment
  • Self-Test STI Clinic  - must have NO SYMPTOMS and NO KNOWN contact with an infected partner:
  • This visit includes blood and urine LABS ONLY without a physical examination by a health care practitioner. Please note this type of visit cannot be billed to your health insurance.
  • Birth Control Start (Call 301-314-8190 if you would like to start Depo-Provera)
  • Birth Control Refill/Follow-up
  • Genital Warts TREATMENT – WOMEN ONLY (after diagnosis of genital warts)
  • Breast Problem
  • Other Women’s Health concern not listed above
  • You must call 301-314-8190 to be scheduled the right provider and appointment type for your needs. If you schedule yourself the wrong appointment type, you may be required to reschedule.