For many women, talking to a healthcare provider about your health can be intimidating.
You might feel embarrassed about the questions that you have; you might not want to
admit to certain feelings or fears about your health. However, being able to communicate
with your healthcare provider about your health and concerns is critical for them
to provide you with the highest quality and most accurate care. At Student Health
Services we will give you straightforward, nonjudgmental feedback and advice about
your body and wellness. Do not hesitate to contact us for a well-woman checkup, treatment
of women's health issues, or to ask questions about your health.
Women's Health Services include:
- Annual gynecology exam
- Breast problems
- Contraceptive (birth control) services
- Evaluation and treatment of vaginal problems, infections, and menstrual problems
- Pregnancy testing
- Sexually Transmitted Infection testing
Prepare for your visit:
Lots of people get nervous and their minds go blank in health care situations, so it may be helpful to prep a little. You can make the best use of your time by writing down questions and bringing them to your visit. A few more things to keep in mind before your visit:
- If this will be your first Pap or Pelvic Exam – please read this handout “Explaining the Pap & Pelvic Exam”
- You should not be menstruating on the day of the exam – please call (423) 425-2266 to reschedule.
- Know the date of the first day of your last menstrual period.
- Avoid sexual intercourse, tampons, douching, and vaginal medications for at least 2 days prior to your visit.
- Thinking about starting birth control but want to talk to someone about all of your options first? Contact Carol Oglesby, SHS Assistant Director, at Carol-Oglesby@utc.edu or (423) 425-2337 and/or visit www.bedsider.org for more information.
Other Helpful Women's Health Resources: