Appointment Line: 713-743-5156
The Women’s Clinic provides well woman exams. Additionally, gynecological complaints are evaluated, and both contraception and STD evaluations and treatments are available. The clinic is staffed by a nurse practitioner and a physician with specific training in women’s health. Referral to specialists may be obtained through the clinic.
Visits are by appointment. Women’s Clinic visits are only available for currently enrolled UH students. You must show picture ID at check-in and payment is due at the time of visit.
You should plan to arrive about 20 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to allow enough time to complete the check-in process. If you arrive late for your appointment, you may be asked to reschedule your appointment and may be charged a Late Cancelation/No Show fee.
All women, whether you are having sex or not, should have a well-woman exam at least once a year. A well-woman exam includes a general check of your health and may include a physical exam of your breasts and pelvic organs and blood tests if indicated. During this exam the healthcare practitioner will obtain a health history. This includes asking questions about your past illnesses, family history, current medications, and menstrual cycle. Your healthcare practitioner will also provide information to help you stay healthy and answer any questions you may have.
Routine Pap Smear
The Pap smear checks for changes in the cells of your cervix. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus (womb) that opens to the vagina (birth canal). The Pap smear is a screen for cervical cancer.
It is now recommended that women have their first Pap smear when they are 21 years of age. It is no longer recommended that women less than 21 or over 65 years of age have a Pap smear. A Pap smear is now recommended every 3 years between the ages of 21 and 30 and every 5 years between 30 and 65 when a test for HPV is included, assuming no abnormal results are obtained.
A breast exam helps detect abnormalities in the breasts that might indicate cancer or other problems.
Contraception reduces the risk of pregnancy. There are many types of contraception; some require a prescription from a healthcare practitioner or a medical procedure while others may be purchased over- the- counter. Some forms of birth control are reversible and others are permanent and cannot be reversed. Common forms of contraception include devices, prescriptions, behavioral methods, over-the-counter, and permanent procedures.
Some examples of birth control methods are:
Immunizations (including Gardasil)
There are vaccines available for women and men ages 9 to 26 years that can prevent infection with HPV, a virus which may lead to genital warts and cervical, anal and other genital cancers.
Prevention and treatment of STD’s
There are more than 25 types of organisms that cause sexually transmitted infections (STI’s). STI’s are capable of being spread from person to person during sexual activity. Common symptoms of an STI include itching, abnormal vaginal discharge, burning during urination, pain during intercourse, blisters, or warts. Some STI’s have no symptoms, but may still be passed to others and may cause problems even if there are no symptoms. Untreated STI’s can have severe consequences for a woman, such as infertility.
If you think you have an STI, call the Health Center to schedule an appointment. We offer confidential STI and HIV testing. We also provide therapy for STI’s that are curable and treatment to help minimize the symptoms of STI’s that are not.
Diagnosis and treatment of Vaginitis
Vaginitis is an infection of the vagina. A change in vaginal discharge, itching, pain, or burning are common symptoms of vaginitis. There are 4 major kinds of vaginitis, bacterial vaginosis, Trichomoniasis, yeast infection, and atrophic vaginitis. These types of vaginitis may require different treatments, so an exam to determine which kind is causing symptoms is often needed.