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The Well Woman Exam
Please allow one hour for your exam, and be prepared to give a urine specimen.
Once you have made an appointment, some forms will be uploaded to your patient portal. Please fill these out ahead of time.
Well woman exams are provided for free to students. However, Pap and STD testing are NOT covered by the student health fee. Please contact us for current pricing.
If only birth control is desired and you are not having any problems, and you are under the age of 21 (or you have already had your pap), no pelvic exam may be needed. If you have already had a pap through another provider, feel free to bring in a copy of your results. This may prevent you from having the test repeated unnecessarily.
We do not dispense any birth control at Student Health (except Plan B). If you decide to start birth control, the provider will write you a prescription that you can take to the pharmacy of your choice. The provider can work with you to find a type of birth control that is affordable or covered by your insurance.
As of May 2012, the guidelines for Cervical Cancer testing (pap testing) are:
First pap test needs to be done at age 21, regardless of sexual history.
Pap testing before age 21 is discouraged because it may lead to unnecessary and harmful treatment in women at very low risk of cancer.
Pap testing is recommended every 3 years for women who have not had abnormal Pap tests.
If the pap test is abnormal, HPV testing will be done automatically, and based on those results,the pap may be repeated in one year or referral to a gynecologist may be made.
(Based on guidelines from American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP))