Women's Care

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As a woman in college, you will be challenged to maintain a healthy lifestyle, strengthen your self-esteem, address personal safety issues and prevent the onset of diseases. The providers in Women's Care can help you become a smart health consumer so you can be successful during your academic career and beyond. Visits to Women's Care are paid for through the student health fee. However, lab work, prescribed medications and other items are offered at an additional cost and must be paid for by the student and the student’s insurance, if applicable.

Annual Well Woman Visit

Forget the days of the annual Pap smear. Not only have the guidelines changed, but at Women’s Care at the Thomson Student Health Center, what happens during your appointment has changed, too. Come visit our staff of women’s health gynecology specialists, physicians, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and support staff. We encourage you make an appointment for an individualized, comprehensive “Well Woman Visit” to assess your health history, conduct a physical exam, a pelvic exam (if needed or indicated) and screen for other health problems.

The well woman exam is a good opportunity to discuss any concerns that you may not feel comfortable talking about with friends or family. If you are experiencing any women’s health issues, we encourage you to visit us. Any health information you reveal is kept confidential by law.

It always is a good idea to write down any questions you have and bring your list with you. Remember, no question is stupid. Your women’s health provider wants to make sure you receive a complete plan of care in order to help you be healthy in every way.

Contraception

The staff of Women’s Care provides state-of-the-art comprehensive office-based gynecologic care, including contraceptive counseling. College students should be particularly mindful of how contraception issues affect the success of their academic career. Women’s Care can provide consultations on what method of contraception is best for you.

We provide the following contraceptive methods with counseling and instructions:

• Abstinence
• Birth control pills
• Depo-Provera injections
• Diaphragms
• Nexplanon (implant)
• IUDs (intrauterine devices)
• NuvaRing

Services

We provide the following services in Women’s Care at the Thomson Student Health Center:

• Administer the Gardasil vaccine – this vaccine prevents cervical cancer and some cases of genital warts; approved for women and girls ages 9-26. You may also get this vaccine in the Allergy, Immunization & Travel Clinic

• Pap test – recommended for a woman age 21

• Pelvic examination – exam when your provider will inspect your cervix and the walls of your vagina and feel your uterus, tubes and ovaries

• Pregnancy testing and counseling – available on a walk-in basis; our pregnancy tests will be positive 10 days after conception

• Pre-conceptual counseling – it is important to have a pre-conceptual counseling visit a few months before you contemplate attempting to get pregnant to give your pregnancy a healthy start

• Sexually Transmitted Disease/Infection testing – for this testing, you can go directly to the laboratory or talk to a Women’s Care provider (because some STD/STIs have few or no symptoms, the CDC recommends that every woman under age 25 get tested at least once a year or when she has a new partner for chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV)
STD/STIs include:

    • Chlamydia
    • Genital herpes (HSV)
    • Genital warts (HPV)
    • Gonorrhea
    • HIV/AIDS testing
    • Human papillomavirus
    • Molluscum contagiosum
    • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
    • Pubic lice (crabs)
    • Scabies
    • Syphilis
    • Trichomoniasis

• Urinary Tract Infection testing – completed with a urine sample

Make your appointment with Women’s Care today to complete procedures and to discuss STD/STIs: visit www.sc.edu/myhealthspace or call 803-777-8920. For more information about procedures or STD/STIs, visit www.acog.org/Patients or www.cdc.gov.