Routine gynecological annual exams are available in our Women’s Health Clinic.
If you do need a prescription renewal for birth control That was prescribed by us and your current prescription will run out before your appointment, let a nurse or receptionist know so that we can arrange for you to pick up a one-month supply for coverage until your appointment.
If you’ve had a complete exam at another facility (e.g., doctor or nurse practitioner at home, Planned Parenthood, public health clinic) in the last 10 months, you may request that copies of these records be sent to our Women’s Health Clinic as verification. That exam should include a pelvic and breast exam, pap smear, and STI test results if performed. Original prescriptions for hormonal methods from outside care providers cannot be filled at the Student Health Dispensary Record requests can be made through the ‘Privacy and Confidentiality’ link on the Main Menu.
For initial use, or restarting of Birth Control Pills, Shots, Patches, Rings, implants or IUDs:
A complete gynecologic history and pelvic examination is suggested prior to starting all hormonal methods of birth control: Oral contraceptives (The Pill), Depo-Provera® (The Shot), Ortho Evra® (The Patch), NuvaRing® (The Ring), Nexplanon® (implant) or an IUD. If you have never been evaluated by our Women’s Health Clinic for a routine examination, it can take 3-4 weeks to schedule this appointment.
We do routinely have patients who are starting hormones for the first time in their life return for a three month “hormone check” counseling session prior to receiving a hormone prescription for the remainder of the year. You should call for this appointment at least two weeks prior to ending the last month supply of your hormone.
We have a limited supply of birth control pills at a clinic rate, as well as Depo-Provera. For questions regarding pricing, please call the Women’s Health Clinic (302-831-8035).
Emergency Contraception is available over the counter without a prescription. EC can be purchased at a local pharmacy or at our Student Health Dispensary. EC is most effective if taken within 72 hours, but can be taken out to 120 hours from unprotected intercourse.
The HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Vaccine is available through our Immunization Clinic, and can be billed through your insurance.
Pregnancy Testing and Counseling
Non-directive counseling appointments are available regarding all pregnancy options and alternatives. Make an appointment to verify pregnancy if you have missed a period, and come prepared to provide a first morning urine sample.
STD Screening and Counseling and other Gynecological Problems
Patients with urgent problems will be seen as soon as possible, but please call in advance (302-831-8035) to speak with the triage nurse so we can determine how best to meet your needs. If you are uncomfortable or very worried, we always try to arrange for you to be seen the same day you call, but it is not always possible. There may be a several day wait for less urgent problems.
Patients who suspect they have a simple urinary tract infection without vaginal symptoms can also elect to be evaluated in our main Medical Clinic.
In addition to STD screening and counseling, evaluations are also available for Yeast Vaginitis, Bacterial Vaginosis, Herpes, Genital Warts, and other dermatological problems. Available testing includes:
– Gonorrhea/Chlamydia testing
– Syphilis Blood work
– Herpes Viral Culture when medically indicated
– Thin Prep Pap Smears with HPV testing as medically indicated
– HIV counseling and testing referrals
Ideally, routine STD testing after a possible exposure should be done at least two weeks later, and not during a woman’s period. Call or use our web portal using the links at the top of this site to make an appointment.
If a woman believes she has a yeast infection, over-the-counter anti-fungal medication is available at our Dispensary without a prescription. If you have never been diagnosed with a yeast infection before, we do still encourage a patient to be examined first for correct diagnosis. It is helpful for us when evaluating a patient for vaginal symptoms if the patient has not used any anti-fungal vaginal medication for at least 24 hours.
General Contraception Overview/Information
The “Pill” (Combined Estrogen/Progesterone)
The “Ring” NuvaRing®
The “Shot” Depo-Provera®
Genital HPV Infection (including genital warts and cervical cancer screening)
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Vaginal Yeast Infections