Services: Reproductive Health
Student Health Services strives to be sensitive to the issues of those who may be sexually active with the opposite sex, same sex or both as well as for those students who are not or have not been sexually active. It is our goal to provide quality clinical services in an environment that is non-judgmental and respectful of each individual as well as his or her privacy.
STI Testing and Treatment
STI testing is available through the Health Center and treatment for STIs is available at the Health Center. The Health Center provides testing and treatment for all sexually transmitted infections or diseases. Students may make an appointment with a nurse practitioner to discuss testing needs. STD screening is also provided as part of routine, annual reproductive health visits.
HIV Testing is available to all students and is provided as part of routine, annual reproductive health visits. Individuals can discuss their concerns, undergo confidential testing, and speak with a healthcare professional regarding any HIV-related issue in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Knowing your HIV status is the first step in getting information and taking action to stay healthy.
HPV vaccine (Gardisil) is available to all students and is offered as part of routine health visits. The vaccine is recommended for both women and men and protects against four major types of HPV. The vaccine series consists of three injections which are given over a six month period. HPV (Human Papillomavirus) is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the US. It causes genital warts and cervical cancer. HPV can also cause anal warts and is a risk factor for anal cancer.
Services for Women
Women may come to Health Services to discuss general health concerns, contraception options, safer sex, and sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening and treatment and pregnancy testing.
Haverford College Student Health Services provides caring, comprehensive, gynecologic care. Routine annual visits for gynecologic care are available that include PAP smears if needed. Services include contraceptive management, counseling and exams for STDs, minor vaginal complaints, breast issues, general women’s health concerns, and pregnancy diagnosis. For more complicated problems, referrals to off-campus resources are available.
We offer health exams so students can maintain an up-to-date knowledge of their reproductive health, to become familiar with what is normal for their body and in turn to be able to identify future health problems. Women, who have sex partners of the opposite sex, same sex or both, should have regular health exams which may include a GYN exam. A health exam and if appropriate a gynecologic (GYN) exam is not only for sexually active women - women who are not sexually active should have regular health exams.
There are many contraceptive options available to women and most methods are available Health Services and the staff can help you find the method that's right for you.
To get started on hormonal contraception, you can schedule a complete “annual” exam. At that appointment, a clinician will review your health history, perform a physical and review various contraceptive options and their risks and benefits. A pelvic exam is not needed to get most forms of birth control except for the intrauterine device (IUD), diaphragm, and cervical cap. Or you can schedule a brief appointment (without an exam) for the clinician to just discuss various contraceptive options.
A complete health history and exam is suggested prior to starting all prescription methods of birth control. Patients who are starting a hormonal method of contraception ; Oral contraceptives, Depo-Provera® (The Shot), Ortho Evra® (The Patch), NuvaRing® (The Ring) for the first time are typically asked to return for a 3 month "method check" visit prior to receiving a hormone prescription for the rest of the year. You should call for all contraceptive resupply appointments at least 3 weeks prior to ending the last month supply of your method.
If you are current using a method of contraception, Student Health Services can provide routine contraceptive care and supplies for you during the school year. If you have had a complete exam at another facility (e.g., doctor or nurse practitioner at home, Planned Parenthood, public health clinic) we encourage you to have your records faxed or mailed here so we have a complete record of your health history. You can download or pick up a Records Release Form (pdf) at the Health Center and have your medical provider fax it to Health Services at 610-896-1090.
Pregnancy Testing and Counseling
The Student Health Center offers pregnancy testing, options counseling, and referrals. Confidential urine pregnancy testing with results in 5 minutes is available in Health Services. All services are private and provided by a trained professional who will discuss your test results and provide information and resources. Women wanting a pregnancy test can call Student Health for an appointment. Partners and friends are welcome at this visit.
Be Prepared - Emergency Contraception (EC)
Each of us has faced difficult moments, including sometimes when a contraceptive method is not available or fails. Emergency contraception (EC) is a method of potentially preventing pregnancy after unprotected sexual intercourse. Emergency contraception is available through Health Services for both immediate and future use. If you need EC immediately, come into Student Health Services to get EC the same day or contact the after-hours nurse, if the office is closed when the college is in session. EC is effective if taken within 5 days after unprotected intercourse has occurred.
Haverford students also have the option of getting a supply of EC for future use at Student Health Services, without having to schedule an appointment, at a cost of $25.00. This is only for women or men who want to have a supply on hand, in case it is needed in the future. A supply can be picked up at Student Health Services or you can request a supply be sent to you through campus mail along with instructions for the use of the method and advice. The charge will be posted to your student bookstore account. Charges to the account will appear as “Student Health Services” and will not specify that you received. Studies show you are more likely to take a form of emergency contraception if you have it on hand instead of having to go somewhere to get it.
Consider having EC on hand ""just in case" if:
- you and your partner are relying on only condoms for birth control. Emergency contraception can come in handy in case of condom failure.
- you are not sexually active that often and don’t want to take daily contraception. Having condoms and EC nearby for an unplanned sexual encounter would be a prudent choice.
- you want to back up your hormonal birth control (pills, ring or patch) if you have not used it correctly. If you use your hormonal contraceptives inconsistently, emergency contraception can significantly reduce your risk of pregnancy.
Services for Men
Men may come to Health Services for reproductive health services to discuss general health concerns, contraception options, safer sex, and sexually transmitted infections (STI) screening and treatment. Men, who have sex partners of the opposite sex, same sex or both, should have regular health exams. Routine exams allow men to maintain an up-to-date knowledge of their reproductive health, to become familiar with what is normal for their body and in turn to be able to identify future health problems. All men regardless their level of sexual activity should get routine preventive health services. HPV vaccination (Gardisil) is recommended for men and is available through the Health Center. STI and HIV testing is available through the Health Center
Services for men include:
- Evaluation and treatment for sexual health issues
- Routine annual screening for STDs and HIV
- Diagnosis and treatment for STDs
- Support in maintaining sexual health
- Support and assistance for concerns relating to sexual function or performance
- Support and assistance for concerns relating to sexual relationships
- Information about testicular self exams
- Routine age-specific laboratory testing
- Blood pressure screening
- Review of medication
- Information about diet and exercise
You may also want to schedule an appointment for an exam if you are experiencing:
- Unusual or severe abdominal, testicular or rectal pain
- Abnormal discharge from your penis
- Pain or swelling in your groin
- Sores, lumps, or itching in your groin or rectal area
You can also purchase safer sex products such as condoms, squares, lubricant at the Health Center. You can also purchase emergency contraception for immediate or future use at the Health Center.
Student Health Services strongly believes in empowering students to make informed choices about their own health and reproductive lives. Staff is available to facilitate/present workshops to student groups and classrooms, distribute information at campus events, collaborate with on-campus student groups, and direct individuals to available sexual health services throughout the local community.
How can I get an appointment?
For urgent problems, call 610-896-1089 for a same day appointment. For non-urgent visits (annual exams, contraceptive refills) we will often be able to accommodate you within a few days. If you cannot keep your appointment, please give us a call us at (610)896-1089 and let us know so that we can fit in another patient. You can call any time before the scheduled time. Of course, we prefer to know as soon as you do. If you do not call ahead to cancel a scheduled appointment there is a "no-show" charge.
How much does the visit cost?
Student Health Services can directly bill most health insurance providers for your reproductive health visit as well as other medical visits. If you choose not to use your health insurance, you can pay cash or check for your care, lab tests and/or your pharmacy supplies.
Can anyone find out about my visit?
Health Services places a high value on confidentiality. This means that information in your medical records or even the fact that you've visited Health Services cannot be released to anyone without your written permission (this includes parents, partners, friends, professors, advisors, etc.). There are a very few exceptions when information is required to be released without your written consent in the cases of emergencies or when required by law. Your medical provider can address any concerns you have during your visit.
Give us Feedback
Finally, patient comments are very important to us. If you have any feedback about our services, good or bad, please talk with us or submit online. We address all concerns and complaints, and the more specific you are, the better we will be able to fix the problem.