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 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.
Why it’s Important to Have Regular Gynecological Exams:
- Information. You can get accurate information and confidential answers to any questions you may have concerning sex, sexuality, your changing body, pregnancy, and menstruation.
- Prevention. Allows for early detection of cancer of the breast and cervix along with learning about pregnancy prevention, sexually transmitted infections, and healthy lifestyles.
- Treatment. For women who experience missed, heavy, or painful periods or other reproductive problems, the provider can look into why the problems are occurring and offer treatment. This includes both you and your provider becoming more familiar with you and your families medical history. Before you go for your first visit to the gynecologist, you should find out as much as you can about the medical history of other females in your family. Have they had painful periods, endometriosis, surgeries, anemia, cancer, or other chronic illnesses?
It is recommended that females have their first Pap smear screening at the age of 21. A Pap smear is a test that looks for precancerous or cancerous cells of the cervix (the opening of the uterus). Therefore only females age 21 and older are recommended to start pelvic and breast exams. Individuals less than 21 are recommended to have a complete physical exam annually however breast and pelvic exams will only be performed as needed.
Before the Exam
When you decide to make an appointment for a gynecological exam with your provider, make sure to schedule it to take place during the middle of your menstrual cycle. Avoid sexual intercourse, vaginal douching, or putting anything into your vagina (such as tampons, lubrication, or vaginal medication) for 48 hours before the exam.
Think ahead about the questions you’d like to ask your provider. Some areas where you may have questions include birth control methods, common infections, irregular periods, and painful or heavy periods.
Gather your family medical history, especially your mother’s and sister’s history, as your medical provider will want to know about them as well.
On the Day of the Exam
On the day of your scheduled exam you do not need to do anything special. Shower normally with soap and water, but avoid using powders or creams, since they can affect test results.
Pap smear results take approximately 1 week and will be reported to you through a secure message on the Student Health Portal. Infection testing results, including sexually transmitted infections, could be available either during the appointment or within 48 hours. Please check with your provider regarding when and how to expect the results.
You may schedule a gynecological appointment online using the Student Health Portal. You may also secure message the Student Health Center through the Student Health Portal with any questions or concerns you may have.
Additional information about pelvic exams can be found on the Mayo Clinic website.
Illnesses and Injuries
The Student Health Center will evaluate and treat all common illnesses and injuries. For emergency or trauma care, we will refer you to the appropriate resource.
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:
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
- 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 provider.
- Ingrown Toenail Removal
- 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