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Women's Health Services

The mission for the women's health service at EUSHS is to provide comprehensive, innovative, quality health care in an integrated, multidisciplinary setting. We strive to set a new standard for students by inspiring collaboration with the student to produce comprehensive wellness.

Women's health services are offered for female students who wish to have gynecological care, family planning services and women's health education. Our EUSHS nurse practitioners, physician assistants and physicians provide our women's health services care. EUSHS offers several contraceptive methods at reduced rates to eligible students. Colposcopy services are also available for women with abnormal Pap test results.

Yearly Female Examinations with or without PAP Test

We provide both yearly female health examinations, and follow-up Pap test examinations for abnormal pap tests. During the complete female yearly examination, we will perform a full history and general examination. This includes a breast examination and may or may not include a pelvic examination. We recommend the initiation of your yearly PAP test screening examinations at the age of 21. A PAP test is a screening test for cervical cancer and is part of many, but not all, pelvic examinations. During your yearly examination we will discuss sexually transmitted infection testing, your birth control options, and/or if appropriate we will talk about pre-conception counseling. We will also discuss self-breast examinations, diet and nutrition, exercise habits, alcohol and/or drug usage now or in the past, depression or anxiety issues, and any other problem you may be having.

There will be fee-for-service charges for annual wellness physical exams, including a woman's annual pap and pelvic exam (pap smear and lab testing are also done on a fee-for-service basis).  Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance plans are required to cover physical exams and appropriate screening testing; please check with your insurance carrier if you have questions about your levels of coverage. Annual physical exams at EUSHS are covered 100% under the Emory University Student Health Insurance Plan (EUSHIP).

We may order lab/blood tests or do other testing if appropriate. For more information about lab testing expenses at EUSHS, click here. Sometimes if you have many issues to discuss, we will also make a follow up appointment. When you call or use "Your Patient Portal" to make an appointment for a Yearly Exam with or without a Pap test, please specify that the visit is for a First or Subsequent Women's Annual so that we can allot the proper amount of time for this visit (usually about 30-45 minutes). Remember that if you do not keep your appointment, there is a $15 no show fee for a regular women's health exam visit or a $30 no show fee for a missed women's health annual exam. A women's health services doctor or nurse practitioner performs these yearly examinations, and you may request a specific practitioner.

Gynecological or Breast Concerns

We provide office visits and examinations for any breast health or gynecological concern. Examples would be vaginal discharge, or feeling a breast lump. For these types of concerns, you may make an appointment with your provider for a regular office visit, or a follow-up visit (not called a Pap test visit).

Abnormal Pap Test/Colposcopy

Colposcopy is offered monthly during the school year. During a colposcopy (generally done when a woman has an abnormal Pap test) the Colposcopist will examine you as if they are doing a Pap test, but additionally will look with a microscope (called a colposcope) into the vagina, and at the cervix. The provider may also take one or two small biopsy samples of the areas where the Pap test was abnormal. Colposcopy appointments are made only on referral from one of our EUSHS women's health providers.

The type of health insurance coverage you have is an important consideration when scheduling a colposcopy appointment.  Students on the Emory/Aetna Student Health Insurance are covered completely for this procedure when it is done here at EUSHS.  Other insurance plans may cover partially or not at all.  Please check with your health insurance plan to verify your coverage. For general information about insurance coverage at EUSHS, click here. Remember to show up 15 minutes prior to your visit. If you do not keep your colposcopy appointment, there is a $60 no show fee.

STI Screening and Treatment

We offer full confidential STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) evaluation and screening at EUSHS Women's Health Services. At these appointments, we will discuss which tests are needed, costs for the testing, and follow-up for your results. If you are worried about contracting an STI, worried about any symptoms you or your partner may have, or you simply want to have screening or a conversation with one of our providers, we are available. All you need to do is simply make an appointment to see any provider. We ALSO can and do suggest STI screening at your Yearly Physical Exam, so if you are due for your yearly exam, we will do all of this at one visit.

Screening for Depression/Anxiety

Depression and anxiety are common on the college campus, and women also have a higher incidence of depression than men. We are here to talk to you about these issues. Women also can suffer from PMS (Pre-Menstrual Syndrome), and occasionally a more serious form of PMS called PMDD (Pre-Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder). Please feel free to make an appointment to see a women's health provider to further discuss. Also, consider calling the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 404-727-7450 to schedule an appointment for free and confidential counseling.

At Student Health Services, we will discuss your symptoms, including any physical symptoms you are having like trouble sleeping or change in appetite, and we can discuss the possibility of medications. Many women's health providers at EUSHS are skilled and available to prescribe medications for this purpose.

Eating Disorders Consultations

Any issues regarding disordered eating, including diagnosed or undiagnosed Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, or any variation of these, are issues we are comfortable seeing here at EUSHS. Our Health Care Providers confidentially collaborate regarding the care of students with Eating Disorders. We offer a comprehensive array of outpatient services including medical, psychological and nutritional care. We also keep updated on the latest information about the treatment of Eating Disorders. If you have symptoms that suggest an Eating Disorder, please make an appointment to see a women's health provider, and we will begin discussing what you have been experiencing. When you make an appointment, it is usually best for you to schedule a complete exam. However, if you would simply like to talk, make a regular appointment for a follow-up visit or consultation.

Revised 2.27.2019