Services: Reproductive Health
Services for Women
Women may come to Health Services for reproductive health services to discuss general health concerns, contraception options, safer sex, and sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening and treatment and pregnancy testing. Health exams allow women 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. STI testing is available through the Health Center or by picking up an Ezy Pzy test kit test kit at locations around campus and treatment for STIs is available at the Health Center. HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccination is recommended for men and women and is available through the Health Center.
Do I need to have a GYN exam at Haverford if I want to get a birth control method?
A pelvic exam is not needed to get most forms of birth control from a health care provider except for the intrauterine device (IUD), diaphragm, and cervical cap. If you have already had an annual exam and or laboratory testing with a medical provider outside of Haverford Health Services, we would 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 at the Health Center and have your medical provider fax it to Health Services at 610-896-1090.
A health exam and if appropriate a gynecologic (GYN) exam is not only for sexually active women and is not only for heterosexual women. Women, regardless of their sexual orientation or their level of sexual activity, should have regular health exams which may include a GYN exam.
Having regular GYN exams can:
- Prevent illness
- Detect cancers such as cervical, uterine and breast cancer at an early and potentially more treatable stage
- Detect sexual transmitted infections (STIs) before they cause infertility or other damage
- Provide health care before and after a pregnancy
You also want to visit your medical provider for a GYN exam if you are experiencing:
- Unusual or severe abdominal, vaginal or pelvic pain
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge
- Pain or swelling of the vulva and/or vagina
- Sores, lumps or itching of the vulva and/or vagina
- Thickening, dimpling, puckering or other changes in the breasts
- Retracted nipple(s) or abnormal discharge from the nipple(s)
- Unusual or severe menstrual pain
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.
Each of us has faced difficult moments, including sometimes when a contraceptive method is not available or fails. Students can choose to have a having a supply of Emergency Contraception (EC) on hand before they may need it. 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.
Haverford students 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. 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 EC. This is only for women or men who want to have a supply on hand, in case it is needed in the future. If you need a supply 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.
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. All men regardless of their sexual orientation or their level of sexual activity should get routine preventive health services. 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. HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccination is recommended for men and is available through the Health Center. STI testing is available through the Health Center or by picking up an Ezy Pzy test kit test kit at locations around campus and treatment for STIs is available at the Health Center (see below for more information).
Having regular health exams can:
- Prevent illness
- Detect cancers such as testicular cancer at an early and potentially more treatable stage
- Detect sexual transmitted infections (STIs)
You may also want to visit your medical provider 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 purchase safer sex products such as condoms, squares, and lubricant in the Health Center.
What is Ezy Pzy?
Ezy Pzy is a private way students can get STD testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea – without an appointment! You can pick up Ezy Pzy test kits around campus, privately collect a specimen on your own and drop off your completed test kit at Student Health Services. Results are sent back to you by text or email in 2-3 days and treatment is available at Health Services if needed. It is fast and private!
How can I get an appointment?
For urgent problems, call 610-896-1089 for a same day appointment. For non urgent (follow-up, chronic problems, prescription 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 anytime 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 post your feedback at www.haverford.edu/healthservices/suggestion.php. We address all concerns and complaints, and the more specific you are, the better we will be able to fix the problem.