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 with specific training in women’s health. Referral to specialists may be obtained through the clinic.
Visits are by appointment only. Schedule your appointment as early as possible as the clinic may become very busy, leaving few available appointment slots. 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 and complete the check-in process 10 minutes or more past your scheduled appointment time, you will be asked to reschedule your appointment and will be charged a Late Cancelation/No Show fee.
All woman, 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 an exam of your breasts and pelvic organs. 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. The well- woman exam also includes a physical exam and routine test such as a pap smear and blood tests. 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 can tell if you have an infection, abnormal/unhealthy cells, or cancer.
It is very important for all women to have a Pap smear, along with pelvic exams as part of their routine health care. It is recommended that you have a Pap smear if you are over 18 years old and if you are under 18 years old and are or have been sexually active, you also need a Pap smear. There’s no age limit for the Pap smear, even women who have gone through menopause need to get Pap smears.
The breast exam helps detect abnormalities in the breasts that might indicate cancer or other problems.
Contraception can reduce the risk of pregnancy. There are many types of birth control methods; 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 temporary and others are permanent and cannot be reversed. Common forms of contraception include behavioral methods, over-the-counter, prescriptions, and permanent procedures.
Some examples of birth control methods are:
- Male condoms
- Female condoms
- Contraceptive sponge
- Birth control pills
- NuvaRing (ring)
- Depo-Provera (Shot)
- Implanon (implant)
- Diaphragms, caps, and shields
- Intrauterine Devices (IUD)
- Tubal sterilization
Immunizations (including Gardasil)
Prevention and treatment of STD’s
There are more than 25 types of organisms that cause sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s). STD’s are infections that are spread from person to person during sexual activity. Common symptoms of an STD include itching, abnormal vaginal discharge, burning during urination, pain during intercourse, blisters, or warts. Some STD’s have no symptoms. Untreated STD’s can have severe consequences for a woman, such as infertility.
If you think you have an STD, call the Health Center to schedule an appointment. We offer confidential STD and HIV testing. We also provide treatment for STD’s that can be cured and treatment to help minimize the symptoms of STD’s that cannot be cured.
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, trich, yeast infection, and atrophic vaginitis. It’s very important to treat vaginitis right away.
Also Available, Referrals for:
- Reproductive Endocrine Gynecologist
- Mammogram and/or Ultrasound
- Thyroid Disorders
- Obstetrics and Gynecological Services