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Women's Health Services

Annual Gynecology Exams

Annual gynecology exams are individualized based on the age of a patient and their health history. The first Pap Smear is recommended at age 21. Chlamydia screening is recommended on a yearly basis for all sexually active women under the age of 25. An annual gynecology exam may include blood pressure check, breast and pelvic exam, Pap smear, and screening for vaginal infections and STIs.

Evaluation of other gynecologic concerns is also available.

Contraception

Condoms are available at the Health Services' registration desk, and in the waiting rooms throughout the clinic. If you require non-latex condoms due to an allergy to latex, please ask.

Our providers can recommend and prescribe an appropriate method of birth control.  Methods available include oral contraceptives, Nuva Ring, Evra, Depo Provera, Nexplanon, and IUDs.  If you would like to learn more about these methods prior to your appointment, visit Bedsider.org or http://www.arhp.org/methodmatch.

Prescriptions for oral contraceptives (birth control pills) can be filled through the Health Services dispensary. Patients must first meet with a medical provider to obtain a prescription. Depo-Provera injections are done by appointment. If this is a follow-up injection, please bring documentation of the previous injection with you for your appointment.

Birth Control Pills

Trade/Generic/Name/Monophasic Pills Brand Name Equivalent Tri-Phasic Pills
1 Available at UMD Health Services.
2 Progestin only.
Apri1 Ortho Cept-Desogen-Reclipsen Cyclessa, Velivet
Aviane1 Alesse-Levlite-Lessina-Lutera Lessina, Levlite, Alesse. Lessina, Lutera
Portia1 Nordette-Levora-Levlin-Ovranette Triphasil, Trivora, Tri-levlin. Enpresse
Junel 1.5/301 Loestrin 1.5/30-Microgestin 1.5/30 ..
Junel 1/201 Loestrin 1/20-Microgestin 1/20 ..
Sprintec-MonoNessa-Previfem-Cilest Ortho Cyclen1 Ortho Tri Cyclen, Tri Sprintec
Camila12 Ortho Micronor Nor -QD, Errin

Oral Contraceptive Refills

Requests for oral contraceptive refills can be made by calling Health Services at 218-726-7865. At the voice mail prompt, leave your name, student ID number, phone number, name of contraception, and the number of cycles (months) needed. Please give 48 hours notice whenever possible. During the summer, birth control refills will be available for refill and pick up on Mondays and Thursdays only, 9am-3pm.

Helpful Links

For more information about the pap test, click here: www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Detection/Pap-test

For more information about sexually transmitted diseases, click here: www.ashastd.org

Wondering what birth control method might be a good fit for you?

http://bedsider.org/methods
http://www.arhp.org/methodmatch/

Pregnancy Testing

Confidential pregnancy testing is available through the Health Services department. The pregnancy test (urine or blood based) can detect a pregnancy 14 days following intercourse, even before a late period.

Treatment of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Women experiencing urinary tract infection symptoms can receive same-day treatment through Health Services. Women experiencing abnormal vaginal discharge should schedule an appointment with a medical provider.

Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraception (EC) is birth control that prevents pregnancy after intercourse or sex, which is why it is sometimes called ‘the morning after pill.’ If you think your birth control failed, you did not use a method of birth control, or were forced to have sex against your will you can initiate emergency contraception immediately or up to five days after sex.

Emergency contraception makes it much less likely you will get pregnant but it is not as effective as birth control used before or during sex, such as pills or condoms.

Your options for emergency contraception include:
          Emergency contraceptive pills (Plan B available at Health Services)
          Copper-T Intrauterine Device

For more information: http://ec.princeton.edu

How does Emergency Contraception work?

Emergency contraceptive pills prevent pregnancy primarily by delaying or inhibiting ovulation.

The Copper-T IUD does not affect ovulation, but it can prevent sperm from fertilizing an egg. It may also prevent implantation of a fertilized egg.

EC will not cause an abortion.  EC is not the same as the abortion pill.  EC pills don’t have any effect if you are already pregnant.

When should Emergency Contraception be used?

  • Sexual intercourse with condom that broke or was used incorrectly
  • Missed birth control pills
  • Sexual intercourse without birth control
  • Improper use of diaphragm
  • Forced sexual intercourse or rape

What if I am already pregnant and don't know it?

If you are already pregnant, Emergency Contraception will NOT harm the fetus. Plan B can only prevent a pregnancy. It cannot cause an abortion.

What else should I know about Emergency Contraception?

  • You should not rely on it for regular birth control. It does not work as well as other methods of birth control.
  • Emergency contraception does not prevent sexually transmitted infections
  • After taking Plan B, your period is most likely to occur at the normal time, but may be early. If you do not have a normal period within 3 weeks  a pregnancy test is recommended

How can I obtain Emergency Contraception at Health Services?

Plan B is available without prescription at the front desk of Health Services for women and men 15 and older. Plan B at Health Services costs $22.50.

An appointment would need to be scheduled with a provider for a prescription for Ella or for placement of a Copper-T IUD.

Where can I obtain Emergency Contraception when Health Services is closed?

Progestin only EC is available over the counter to women and men. Look for Plan B One-Step, Next Choice One-Dose, Take Action, or other generics in the family planning aisle at stores such as Walgreens, Target, Walmart, etc.

 

Click here for Information about 4me@UMD and the MN Family Planning Program

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