Women's Health

HOURS

  • Women's Health
  • M-F: 8:30am - 5:00pm

CONTACT

  • General Information

    (301) 314-8190

  • Emergency

    911

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

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. 

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.

Before You Visit

  • You should not be menstruating on the day of your exam and should call 301-314-8190 to reschedule your appointment.
  • Know the date of the first day of your last menstrual period.
  • Avoid penetrative sexual intercourse, tampons, douching, & vaginal medications for at least 2 days prior to your visit.

Services

Annual Gynecological Exams

The annual gynecological exam includes a routine breast and pelvic exam, chlamydia and gonorrhea testing.  A Pap test may also be recommended depending on your age and sexual history.  We recommend women start Pap testing at age 21.  All women of any age who are sexually active need a check up and screening for STI's at minimum once a year.

Breast Health

Many college-aged students are unaware of the possibility of developing breast cancer as a young adult.  Many changes occur in your breasts during your lifetime so it is important to understand which changes are normal and which are not. Also, some of us may be at a higher risk for developing breast cancer. We encourage you to become familiar with your breasts, know what is normal for you, and learn how to spot changes in your breasts.

Many factors are linked to breast cancer risk. Some risk factors (such as drinking alcohol) can be avoided. But most risk factors (such as having a family history of breast cancer) can't be avoided. Having a risk factor—or even several—doesn’t mean you’ll definitely get a disease—it just increases your chances. Understanding which factors may affect your risk can help you and your health care provider develop a breast health plan that is right for you. This website will help you to better understand your risk - identifying your risk-factor.

Colposcopy

Colposcopy is a procedure used to evaluate a woman's cervix when her Pap test result is abnormal and further testing is needed to obtain a diagnosis. Please read this Colposcopy Fact Sheet for more information. Colposcopy services are available in the Women's Health department by appointment. If a provider has referred you for a colposcopy, an appointment can be made by calling 301-314-8190.

Contraceptive (birth control) & Emergency Contraception

In Women's Health, students can obtain prescriptions for oral contraceptives (birth control pills), the vaginal ring (Nuva Ring), the contraceptive patch (Ortho-Evra), diaphragms, emergency contraceptive pills (Plan B), and Depo Provera injections. Diaphragm checks and instructions on other forms of birth control are offered as well. IUDs are available at the UHC. Interested patients can discuss this option with a provider, insertion and removal are dependent on patient insurance. We have compiled a list of local referrals for those interested in receiving this option off-campus. Implanon insertion is not currently performed at the University Health Center, however, referrals and information are given upon request.

The emergency contraceptive pill (ECP) Plan B One Step and Ella are available at the health center. Plan B One Step is over the counter at our Pharmacy and Ella requires an office visit and prescription.

Hormone Therapy

UHC aligns with WPATH guidelines and standards of care to enhance safety and success for our patients. We acknowledge that this may require a number of visits and assessments, all designed to provide you with the best care and to help you meet your needs and goals during this process

Pregnancy Testing & Counseling

Pregnancy is a big event in a woman's life, and it's normal to have many questions about it. Some people have basic questions about how pregnancy happens. Others may have questions about avoiding pregnancy while some are considering pregnancy and seeking pre-pregnancy health information. Some people may be looking for options regarding an unintended pregnancy.

You may schedule an appointment to have a blood or urine pregnancy test performed by calling 301-314-8190.  You will be given an appointment with a provider who will give you your results, referrals, and information about available support services. You may also visit the Health Center Pharmacy to purchase an over-the-counter urine home pregnancy test.

Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing

Women's Health routinely screens and treats Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), including:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Herpes
  • HPV (Genital Warts)
  • Syphilis
  • Hepatitis B & C
  • HIV

Please note: If you are coming in to be tested for HIV ONLY, you do not need orders from a physician to have HIV testing performed in the laboratory.  You may call the laboratory at 301-314-8175 to set up an appointment for testing.