Women's Health

The Women Health service include pelvic exams with Pap smears, breast exams, and complete physical exams with laboratory testing. All visits offer counseling for contraception and sexually transmitted disease prevention. If any problems are noted during the exam, they are addressed.

Women's Health Q&A

  1. Gynecological exam

For routine gynecological exams, it is best to make appointments mid-cycle, or 2 weeks following menses to give best Pap results. Avoid douching, sex, or vaginal creams for at least 48 hours before the exam. For the initial exam, arrive 20 minutes before appointment time to complete questionnaires and other paperwork. Do not procrastinate; do not be afraid. The pelvic exam is not painful, and staff is very sensitive to your feelings. Pap smears are routinely done beginning at age 21 years, and thereafter every 3 years if normal. Gonorrhea and chlamydia screening and HIV testing are offered. Make an appointment.

  1. Contraceptive services

Contraceptive services include prescriptions for oral contraceptive pills, injections for DepoProvera, and referral for LARC (Long-Acting Reversible Contraception such as IUD or implants). Costs are generally covered by the student healthcare insurance plan. Condoms are readily available in the Newark Health Center pharmacy at a low cost.

For more information about LARC (Long-Acting Reversible Contraception) click here.

  1. Breast care

Routine gynecological exams include breast exam and screening mammograms are recommended in accordance with US Public Service Task Force (USPSTF) Guidelines. The student insurance plan covers cost of mammograms if indicated within their primary care coverage. Staff will identify and evaluate breast masses, or other breast problems, and provide referrals to specialists as needed. (Check your health insurance plan regarding breast care benefits)

  1. Costs for testing

Recommended testing is covered for students with the student health insurance plan. However, full-time students who have waived the insurance or part-time students who have not purchased the insurance are assessed fees for laboratory tests and immunizations.

  1. Emergency contraception/ Morning-after pill

Morning-after pill is available over-the-counter at most local pharmacies.

Students needing to utilize morning-after pills are encouraged to make a GYN appointment for evaluation and counseling regarding a more reliable contraceptive method, and to screen for sexually transmitted diseases if necessary. Also, if menses are delayed or absent after taking the emergency contraception pill, one should consider the possibility of pregnancy and consult health service staff.

  1. HPV vaccine for women

All women (and men) ages 11 through 26 years of age, are urged to be vaccinated against HPV infection. This vaccine (Gardasil-9) protects against the 9 most common strains of HPV that may cause either genital warts or cervical cancer. The three-part vaccine series is recommended even if the patient had a previous abnormal Pap smear due to HPV. The cost is covered through student health insurance plan.  Alternatively, students who have waived the insurance can pay directly, and then utilize receipt and claim forms for reimbursement.

  1. Sexual Assault or intimate partner violence (IPV)

Sexual Assault and sexual violence are the most underreported crimes among students. These crimes should be reported and evaluated as soon as possible by emergency room personnel.  If that does not occur, our medical staff will see a victim immediately, as an acute visit. Management may include prophylaxis against STD, HIV and pregnancy. Thorough investigation and appropriate referrals will be made, available resources and victims' rights will be discussed, and treatment offered. (See Sexual Assault Medical Services Website for instructions and details)