The Schiffert Health Center Women's Clinic offers a variety of services, including: annual exams, breast exams, contraception information and perscriptions, "morning-after" pills, pap tests, pelvic examinations, post-surgery check-ups, pregnancy testing and counseling, referrals to outside specialists, sexually transmitted infection screenings and treatment, and treatment for gynecological, vaginal, and urinary symptoms.
Please complete this Gynecology History Form (PDF | 270KB) and bring it with you to your visit.
Any charges will automatically be billed to your student account. They are labeled either medical clinic charges or pharmacy charges and do not indicate what the charges represent.
You may pay with cash, check or Hokie Passport upstairs in the administration section of Schiffert Health Center anytime after the visit until the following Monday at 5 p.m. If you choose this method, no transactions are posted to your student account. Hokie Passport may be used in the pharmacy. Itemized bills are available upon request to turn into insurance for reimbursement.
Women's Clinic Services
Annual gynecological exams at the Women’s Clinic include blood pressure, weight measurement, and a physical exam of the abdomen, breasts, heart, lungs, lymph nodes, thyroid gland, and a pelvic exam.
The pelvic exam is one of the most important female health measures and it should not be confused with the Pap Test. A pelvic exam is part of any yearly routine annual exam even if a Pap test is not necessary. During your exam your practitioner will palpate (check) your external genital area, vaginal walls, cervix, uterus, ovaries, and sometimes the rectum. The pelvic exam might feel slightly uncomfortable, but should not be painful. If you have never been sexually active and do not use tampons, the exam can be modified.
Preparing For Your Exam
If you plan to have a Pap test, make your appointment for a time when you are not bleeding. Don’t put anything in the vagina for 3-4 days before your appointment – no douches, tampons, medications, spermicides, diaphragms, fingers, intercourse, or oral sex. Any foreign cells or outside products can interfere with the Pap test. If you are having a problem, try not to schedule your appointment after you have used any vaginal medications or soon after having sex. Vaginal medications make it impossible to visualize the discharge or vaginal tissue. Intercourse acts like a douche and makes the discharge difficult to see or collect for testing.
Schiffert Health Center maintains an appointments-only system. Students may make appointments online or by phone. Appointments and student health information cannot be requested through email.
Please call if you cannot find an appointment online at the time or on the day you desire. Appointments are available for urgent issues.
Schiffert Health Center recommends the HPV vaccine. HPV, or the human papilloma virus, is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the US. Every year about 17,000 women and 9,000 men are affected by cancers caused by HPV. It is responsible for many cases of genital warts, also.
The health center has Gardasil 9 and injections are given in the Allergy and Immunization Clinic.
The vaccine can also be obtained from local pharmacies. The pharmacy can bill insurance directly.