Women's Health

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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 Health can help you can make choices to be successful during your academic career and beyond. Visits to Women's Health are paid by the student health fee. However, additional costs are incurred for lab work, prescribed medications and other items.

Annual Well Woman Visit

Forget the days of the annual Pap smear. Not only have the guidelines changed, but what happens during your appointment has changed, too. Our staff of women’s health gynecology specialists, including physicians, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and support staff are here to assist you with your "Well Woman Visit". We encourage you to make an appointment for an individualized, comprehensive assessment of your health history, a physical exam to include 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. Any health information you reveal is kept confidential by law.

Prior to your appointment, 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 Health provides state-of-the-art comprehensive office-based gynecologic care, including contraceptive counseling with prescriptions of medications or insertion of devices as indicated. College students should be particularly mindful of how contraception issues affect the success of their academic career. Women’s Health can provide consultations on what method of contraception is best for you.

We provide the following contraceptive methods with counseling and instructions:

• Abstinence
• Combined Oral Contraceptives (birth control pills, patch and ring)
• Depo-Provera injections
• Diaphragms
• Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives Systems (LARC's) to include implant and IUD's
• Emergency Contraception

Services

We provide the following services in Women’s Health:

Gardasil/HPV vaccine – this vaccine prevents cervical cancer and genital warts; approved for women and girls ages 9-26. Vaccine also available in the Allergy, Immunization & Travel Clinic

Pap test – recommended beginning at age 21

Pelvic examination –An internal examination of your female organs

Pregnancy testing and counseling – pregnancy tests will be positive 10 days after conception with counseling as needed

• Pre-conceptual counseling –recommended prior to attempting pregnancy

• Urinary Tract Infection testing – requires urine sample and appointment        
 
• Sexually Transmitted Disease/Infection testing – 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. Get Yourself Tested (GYT) is also available with lab appointment for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis and HIV testing. Schedule an appointment with Women’s Health to speak with a provider regarding STD/STIs to include:

• Chlamydia
• Genital herpes (HSV)
• Genital warts (HPV)
• Gonorrhea
• HIV
• Human papillomavirus
• Molluscum contagiosum
• Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
• Syphilis
• Trichomoniasis

Make your appointment with Women’s Health at 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.