We offer complete sexual health care, gynecologic care and information. Any and all students are encouraged to visit, regardless of gender identity. Gynecology is staffed by practitioners who want you to know they are "askable."

We provide annual health exams with appropriate screenings, pregnancy testing and counseling, birth control services, testing and treatment for sexually-transmitted diseases and other conditions affecting sexual and general health. Our clinicians and support staff are sensitive to the health issues and concerns facing gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual students. We invite you to discuss your concerns with certainty of nonjudgmental treatment.

Men's health

Call us if you have concerns about sexuality and sexual functioning, diagnosis and treatment of sexually-transmitted diseases, urinary tract infections and prostate conditions. Let us know if you would feel more comfortable seeing a male clinician.

We encourage regular self-exams of your testicles to check for the presence of abnormalities (e.g., lumps) that could signal a serious condition such as testicular cancer. This cancer occurs most commonly in young men, so regular self-exam is critical. A brochure entitled "Male Self-Exam" is available in the display racks on the third floor of the health center.

Women's health

A physical exam is recommended for all women starting at age 21. This exam includes an assessment of general health as well as sexual health; it includes a breast exam, pelvic exam and a Pap smear - a laboratory screening for cervical cancer. Sexually transmitted infection testing can also be done at this visit. If you have never had a pelvic exam, our pamphlet entitled "Your Pelvic Exam" will help you know what to expect. The handout is available in the display racks on the third floor of the health center. Your provider can review the current guidelines regarding the frequency of this exam at your appointment. These exams are performed by female clinicians who are sensitive to nuances surrounding this important exam and can help you work through your feelings about it.

Birth control

Nationally, about 70 percent of college students report being sexually active. While not all sexual activities can result in pregnancy, students engaging in vaginal sex in heterosexual partnerships have the risk of becoming pregnant. This could result in some difficult decision-making, so we suggest thinking about this in advance.

We provide comprehensive birth control services to registered students and we encourage students who are sexually active to consider their need for contraception in advance of sexual activity. Many OSU students can qualify for the Oregon Contraceptive Care (CCare) program, which provides free contraception and health exams. Contact the CCare office at SHS for more information.

Whether you are seeking information about birth control or you need help selecting a method that is suitable to your health, lifestyle, and relationship, our clinicians can assist you. All methods of birth control are available at SHS. Emergency contraception is also available. This is a medication that can be taken within five days after unprotected intercourse to lower pregnancy risk. It is more effective if taken as soon as possible after unprotected intercourse. A website that can be helpful for learning about different contraceptive options is www.bedsider.org.

Pregnancy testing and counseling

Pregnancies do occur among OSU students - planned and desired ones as well as unplanned ones. Our clinicians can provide accurate diagnosis through a combination of examination and laboratory testing. When an unplanned pregnancy is confirmed, all options are made available to you. No one will tell you what option is best for you. You will be provided adequate information to carry out whichever decision is right for you and advised to make that decision on the basis of personal and family values and other relevant factors.

SHS does not perform abortion or adoption services. Your clinician can help you find these services outside of SHS and will refer you appropriately.

Obstetrics

Pregnant students may continue to take advantage of all available healthcare services unrelated to the pregnancy, including nutrition counseling. However, since Student Health does not provide obstetrical care, students will be referred to local obstetricians or midwives for prenatal care.