Women's health services are available to all SJSU female students. Our physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and support staff are aware of the needs of our female patients. We have physicians and nurse practitioners trained in routine gynecological care and examinations, including screening and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STD's), information and education on sexuality, birth control methods, and menopause. To schedule an appointment, call (408) 924-6122.
Health screening examinations based on age and risk factors, rather than routine yearly physicals, are generally recommended.
If you have a specific health concern, schedule an appointment to assess this.
Different Types of Exams:
- Screening test for cervical cancer.
- Schedule first Pap smear after age 21 years old.
- Usually not needed if a woman has never been sexually active.
- Subsequent Pap smears may be scheduled every 1-3 years, depending on past medical history.
- Please schedule your Pap smear exam when you are not menstruating.
- 48 hours prior to your exam, please DO NOT douche, have sexual intercourse, or use any vaginal medications, creams, jellies, foams, suppositories, or tampons.
- Can be done without a Pap smear to assess certain female health-related concerns.
- These exams involve assessment of gynecologic organs.
Breast Cancer Screening:
- Clinical breast exam is usually performed along with the Pap smear.
- The American Cancer Society recommends screening mammography starting at age 40 and suggests breast self-examination (BSE) as an option for women starting in their 20's.
- Information about BSE can be provided at the SHC upon request.
Birth control pills (BCP's):
- May be prescribed and used prior to scheduling your first Pap smear.
- If you are currently taking BCP's, an emergency pack of pills can be prescribed if needed before your next Pap smear is scheduled.
Referrals to specialists are made when indicated.
The following services are available:
Gynecological annual (pap smear) examination, which may include:
- Breast examination
- General health screening
- Pelvic examination
- Pap Smear (lab fee charged)
- STD screening (when indicated)
- Vaginal infections
- Bladder/urinary problems
- Menstrual irregularities/cramps
- Menopause/perimenopause care and concerns
- Breast problems
- STD symptoms
- Birth control counseling
- Abnormal pap smears with referral if needed
- Concerns, questions and counseling
- Safer sex
- Sexual assault
Birth control methods:
- Birth control pill
- Depo-provera injection
- Diaphragm fitting
- Cervical cap
- Ortho EVRA patch
- Nuva Ring
- Free pregnancy testing
- General counseling and pre-pregnancy concerns
- Referral to an OB/GYN specialist when indicated
- Emergency contraception (Morning After Pill - available OTC (over the counter) if 17 years or older, but requires a prescription if less than 17 years old)
Helpful Community Resources
- SCVMC-SART (sexual assault recovery team) (408) 885-6466
- YWCA Rape Crisis 24hrs (408) 287-3000
- Planned Parenthood: www.plannedparenthood.com
- Emergency contraception hotline: Not-2-Late.com or call (888) 668-2523 (If health center closed)
- After Hours Advice Nurse 1-866-935-6347