The women's center is staffed with physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners to address the physical, psychological and emotional needs of women, people who menstruate, and people who want or need to discuss contraception options on the University of Oklahoma campus.
Appointments may be scheduled by calling 325-4441, option #1. For information on insurance coverage and pricing, contact patient services.
- Annual examinations, including pap test
- Breast exams
- Health maintenance and contraceptive counseling
- Nexplanon and IUD insertion
- Testing and treatment for infections and STDs
- Pre-conception counseling and planning
- Referral services for evaluation of abnormal pap smears and pregnancy
Frequently Asked Questions
In most appointments, a clinician will perform a general exam that includes listening to the heart and lungs, feeling the thyroid gland, checking the breasts, and checking abdominal organs. The clinician may also demonstrate how to perform a self-breast exam if the patient is not familiar with this practice. In addition, a pelvic exam is usually performed.
After the exam, the clinician will answer any questions. Results from the exam may not be available immediately. In most cases the patient will be notified by letter of pap smear results.
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Unless you have a medical problem, you can wait to make an appointment for your first well-woman visit when you turn 21. After your first pelvic exam, your doctor will tell you when you need to come back. It’ll depend on your medical history and whether you have any health issues. Women who wish to use a prescription method of contraception should also have routine gynecological exams.
We recommend a yearly checkup and consultation regardless of your gender, sexual activity, or contraception needs. However, Pap smears are recommended every three years unless abnormal cells are found.
There are many FDA-approved methods of contraception so it can be very difficult to pick the right one. A great tool to help select options is found here but always talk to a provider first. Things to consider when choosing an option include, but aren't limited to:
- side effects
- affect on menstrual cycle
- STI prevention
- safe while breastfeeding
- easy to use
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"There are two kinds of IUDs available in the U.S.—with hormones and without. Both the Mirena and Skyla IUDs release a small amount of the synthetic hormone progestin to help your body keep sperm from reaching your cervix. Mirena lasts up to 5 years; Skyla is slightly smaller than Mirena and lasts up to 3 years.
The ParaGard IUD is hormone-free and doesn’t alter your periods. It’s made of plastic and a small amount of natural, safe copper and can work for up to 12 years." - Bedsider.org
OU Health Services has adopted the University's Protection of Health Information Policies and Procedures as they relate to confidentiality. No information concerning any patient's medical condition or care is to be released to anyone other than the patient through personal discussion, telephone, or letter without the patient's written/verbal authorization.
Oftentimes, students share insurance policies with parents or guardians. In these instances, an explanation of benefits or bursar account may show that there was a visit to OU Health Services, but specifics of the visit are completely confidential.