The Student Health Center at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is a nationally accredited medical clinic and provides a full range of health care services to all registered students.
Our staff consists of experienced and credentialed professionals, including physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and medical assistants, as well as health promotion and administrative professionals.
Most office visits are free. There are minimal charges for physicals, lab tests, procedures, injections and medications. Services can be paid for with cash, check, Titan Card or billed to a student account.
Which Birth Control is Right for You?
The Student Health Center offers many options for birth control. Deciding on the best method for your lifestyle can be confusing. We try to help you figure out which route to take by giving you information on the available options.
First ask yourself these questions:
- How effective is this method at preventing pregnancy?
- Is this method easy to use?
- How often do I have sex?
- Do I need protection from STDs?
- Will I feel comfortable using this method?
- How does my partner feel about using this method?
- How much will it cost?
- Is this method safe?
What are the options available at the Student Health Center?
The Student Health Center offers the following birth control options:
- Condoms – free at the reception desk and Titan Well Booth
- Birth Control Pills*
- NuvaRing (the Ring)*
- Depo Provera (the Shot)*
- Plan B (emergency contraception)
* To get started on prescription birth control, make an appointment at via the Student Health Portal with a health care provider.
Plan B (emergency contraception) may prevent a pregnancy after birth control failure or unprotected sex. For a reduced cost, it is available at the Student Health Center or through the Health Advocates. It is also available over-the-counter at most local pharmacies.
Women are encouraged to get Plan B in advance. The sooner it is taken after unprotected sex the more effective it is at preventing pregnancy.
Find out if you are eligible for free contraceptive services through the Family Planning Only Services Program. Call 1-800-291-2002 or go to www.access.wi.gov.
GYN Exam and PAP Test
Gynecological Exam and PAP Test
Gynecological care is concerned with the sexual and reproductive health of women and their gender-related illnesses.
Routine gynecological care:
- allows for early detection of cancers of the breast and cervix – when they are more curable
- detects sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and other conditions before they cause serious damage
It is recommended that you have your first Pap at age 21. STI screening is recommended for women and men on an annual basis or more frequently in the case of unprotected sex.
Your Medical History
Before you are examined, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire about past illnesses, allergies, surgeries or pregnancies. You will also be asked about STIs, diet, exercise, smoking, drug use, alcohol use, seat belt use and physical/emotional abuse. If you are using birth control, you will be asked if you’ve had any side effects.
Some women have a higher risk of developing cervical changes. Your risk may be higher if you:
- smoke cigarettes
- have had more than one sexual partner, or your sexual partner has had more than one partner
- had intercourse for the first time at an early age
- have had certain STIs such as genital warts or herpes
- are infected with HIV or have a weakened immune system
In preparation for the Pap Test/Pelvic Exam:
- Do not douche or use vaginal medication, spermicides or lubrication 48 hours before the test
- Do not have intercourse 24 hours before the test
- Do not schedule your exam when you expect to have your period
The Breast Exam
You will change into an examination gown or be covered with a drape sheet. Some healthcare providers provide both. You will be asked to lie back on the examining table. Your healthcare provider will examine your breasts for lumps, thickening irregularities and discharge.
Your healthcare provider will ask if you have noticed any changes in your breasts since your last exam. If you need to learn how to do a breast self-exam (BSE), your healthcare provider can teach you. It is important to do a BSE once a month. The best time for a BSE is just after your period when your breasts are not swollen or tender.
Breast lumps are often discovered by a woman or her sex partner. Most are not cancerous, but report anything unusual to your healthcare provider as soon as possible.
The Pelvic Exam
You will be asked to place your feet on the footrests at the end of the table. Usually, the exam lasts just a few minutes. There are four steps:
- The External Genital Exam: The healthcare provider will inspect the external genital area for signs of irritation, discharge, cysts, genital warts or other conditions.
- The Speculum Exam: A speculum is inserted into the vagina. Once it is in place, the healthcare provider checks for any irritation, growth or abnormal discharge from the cervix. The healthcare provider will take a sample of cells for a Pap test. Usually a small spatula or tiny brush is used to gently collect cells from the cervix. The cells are tested for abnormalities – the presence of pre-cancerous or cancerous cells. You may have some spotting or bleeding after the sample is taken. Tests for chlamydia, trichomoniasis, gonorrhea and vaginitis may also be taken.
- The Bimanual Exam: Wearing an exam glove, the healthcare provider inserts one or two lubricated fingers into the vagina. The other hand presses down on the lower abdomen. The healthcare provider can then feel the uterus and ovaries between the two fingers in the vagina and the fingers on the abdomen.
- The Rectal Exam: A rectal exam will be done on patients over 30; those with retroverted uterus; or with complaints of abdominal pain.
The Pap test is the best way to find changes that may lead to cervical cancer. Finding and treating abnormal cells can prevent cancer of the cervix. Only a very small number of women with abnormal Pap test results have cancer. By understanding the Pap test and how results are reported, you can take an active part in your health care.
Pap tests and STI results will be back in approximately one week. A “positive” STI result will be treated by your healthcare provider. If your Pap results are abnormal, you may need further evaluation. The majority of abnormal results are treatable and do not lead to cancer. Treatment may be as simple as a repeat Pap test in a few months.
Sometimes your healthcare provider will refer you for an exam called a colposcopy to decide if further treatment is needed. A colposcope is a magnifying device that is used to examine the cervix. With this device, your healthcare provider may be able to see changes that suggest abnormal cells. Colposcopy helps a doctor decide whether a cervical biopsy needs to be done. For a biopsy, the doctor removes some of the cells to be studied under a microscope.
Treatment depends on the findings. In many cases, all that is required is to remove a thin layer of cells from the surface of the cervix. New cells often are normal and no further treatment is needed.
To request a gynecology exam, schedule your appointment online using the Student Health Portal.
Illnesses and Injuries
The Student Health Center will evaluate and treat all common illnesses and injuries. We do not, however, provide emergency or trauma care.
Visit your Student Health Portal to send a secure message to a healthcare provider or to schedule an appointment.
Immunizations are not required for entry into the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. However, it is required that we provide information about both Hepatitis B and Meningitis and the vaccines available.
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Staying current on your immunizations is one of the best ways to prevent disease and illness. Receiving your respiratory flu shot, meningitis vaccine and other preventive immunizations will not only protect you but others around you, as well. When traveling to other countries, find out if you need additional vaccines.
For information on recommended vaccines for college students, view the American College Health Guidelines and Recommendations for immunizations.
The Student Health Center provides the following vaccinations by appointment:
* These vaccines are frequently on back-order.
Note: The Student Health Center does not provide Yellow Fever Vaccine or Rabies Vaccine.
You can schedule school, sports and/or work physical exams at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Student Health Center. Bring the completed physical forms provided by your department (nursing, education, athletics, etc.) or employer.
Gynecological physicals also require an appointment. Schedule your appointments online using the Student Health Portal.
The health care providers at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Student Health Center perform a wide variety of medical procedures.
- Ear wax removal
- Eye irrigation and removal of foreign body
- Allergy injections
- Given by appointment only
- Bring a copy of your physicians orders and your allergy serum on your first visit
- You must wait for 20-30 minutes after each injection
- Antibiotic injections as needed for infections
- Birth Control
- TB skin tests
- Must be able to return in 48-72 hours to have the test read.
- Hepatitis A – recommended at least one month prior to travel to endemic areas of the world. By appointment only.
- Other injections as ordered by your physician
- Allergy injections
- Ingrown Toenail Removal
- IV fluids for hydration
- Nose Bleed Control
- Pulse Oximetry
- Respiratory Assessments/Treatments
- Peak flow
- Nebulizer treatments
- Skin Procedures
- Excision of skin lesions with biopsy
- Incision and drainage
- Removal of foreign bodies and skin tags
- Suturing – glue, stitches, staples
- Wound care, Suturing and Dressing Changes
- Wart Destruction