Women’s Health

Primary care related gynecological services are available to all SJSU students. We have physicians and nurse practitioners trained in routine gynecological care and examinations, including screening and treatment of sexually transmitted illnesses (STI's), information and education on sexuality, birth control methods, and menopause. Fees may be applicable. To schedule an appointment, call 408-924-6122. Bring a picture I.D. to every Student Health Center visit.

Health screening examinations are generally recommended based on age and risk factors, rather than routine yearly physicals.


Different Types of Exams

Pap Smear

  • Screening test for cervical cancer
  • Schedule first Pap smear after age 21
  • 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

Pelvic Examinations

  • 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 Student Health Center upon request

Birth Control Pills (BCPs)

  • 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

Women's Health Services

Services provided by the Student Health Center include: 

  • Breast examination
  • General health screening
  • Pelvic examination
  • Pap smear (lab fee charged)
  • STI screening (annual chlamydia screening for sexually active women less than 26 years old)
  • Gynecological concerns:
    • Vaginal infections
    • Bladder/urinary concerns
    • Menstrual irregularities/cramps
    • Menopause/perimenopause care and concerns
    • Breast concerns
    • STI symptoms
    • Birth control counseling
    • Abnormal Pap smears with referral if needed
  • Sexuality issues:
    • Concerns, questions and counseling
    • Safer sex
    • Sexual assault
    • Birth control methods:
      • Birth control pill
      • Depo-provera injection
      • Diaphragm fitting
      • Cervical cap
      • Ortho Evra patch
      • NuvaRing
      • IUC (intrauterine contraception)
      • Implant (Nexplanon)
    • Pregnancy issues:
      • 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 15 years or older)

Other Resources

  • SCVMC-SART (Sexual Assault Recovery Team): 408-885-6466
  • 24-hour Rape Crisis Hotline: 408-287-3000
  • Planned Parenthood: plannedparenthood.com
  • The YWCA Silicon Valley 24/7 Support Hotline in English and Spanish provides survivors of sexual assault with crucial resources, support, and advocacy efforts. SJSU students can access these services by calling 1-800-572-2782.
  • Emergency Contraception Hotline: Not-2-Late.com or call 1-888-668-2523 (If health center closed)
  • After Hours Advice Nurse: 1-866-935-6347