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Women's Health Services

Annual Gynecology Exams

Annual gynecology exams are individualized based on the age of a patient and their health history. The first Pap Smear is recommended at age 21. Chlamydia screening is recommended on a yearly basis for all sexually active women under the age of 25. An annual gynecology exam may include blood pressure check, breast and pelvic exam, Pap smear, and screening for vaginal infections and STIs.

Evaluation of other gynecologic concerns is also available.


Condoms are available at the Health Services' registration desk, and in the waiting rooms throughout the clinic. If you require non-latex condoms due to an allergy to latex, please ask.

Our providers can recommend and prescribe an appropriate method of birth control.

Prescriptions for oral contraceptives (birth control pills) can be filled through the Health Services dispensary. Patients must first meet with a medical provider to obtain a prescription. Depo-Provera injections are done by appointment. If this is a follow-up injection, please bring documentation of the previous injection with you for your appointment.

Birth Control Pills

Trade/Generic/Name/Monophasic Pills Brand Name Equivalent Tri-Phasic Pills
1 Available at UMD Health Services.
2 Progestin only.
Apri1 Ortho Cept-Desogen-Reclipsen Cyclessa, Velivet
Aviane1 Alesse-Levlite-Lessina-Lutera Lessina, Levlite, Alesse. Lessina, Lutera
Portia1 Nordette-Levora-Levlin-Ovranette Triphasil, Trivora, Tri-levlin. Enpresse
Junel 1.5/301 Loestrin 1.5/30-Microgestin 1.5/30 ..
Junel 1/201 Loestrin 1/20-Microgestin 1/20 ..
Sprintec-MonoNessa-Previfem-Cilest Ortho Cyclen1 Ortho Tri Cyclen, Tri Sprintec
Ortho 1/35, Nortrel Ortho 7-7-71 Nortrel 7-7-7
Camila12 Ortho Micronor Nor -QD, Errin

Oral Contraceptive Refills

Requests for oral contraceptive refills can be made by calling Health Services at 218-726-7865. At the voice mail prompt, leave your name, student ID number, phone number, name of contraception, and the number of cycles (months) needed. Please give 48 hours notice whenever possible. During the summer, birth control refills will be available for refill and pick up on Mondays and Thursdays only, 9am-3pm.

Helpful Links

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For more information about sexually transmitted diseases, click here:

Wondering what birth control method might be a good fit for you?

Pregnancy Testing

Confidential pregnancy testing is available through the Health Services department. The pregnancy test (urine or blood based) can detect a pregnancy 14 days following intercourse, even before a late period.

Treatment of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Women experiencing urinary tract infection symptoms can receive same-day treatment through Health Services. Women experiencing abnormal vaginal discharge should schedule an appointment with a medical provider.

Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraceptives are used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse or contraceptive failure (e.g., when a condom breaks). Emergency contraception is available at Health Services. If you are under 15, a brief medical visit will be required.

What is Emergency Contraception?

Plan B (the most commonly used form of Emergency Contraception) is a medication used to prevent pregnancy after sexual intercourse has occurred.

  • It is most effective if used as soon as possible (or within 72 hours), but can be used up to 5 days after unprotected sex.
  • It works from 85 to 95 % of the time. It will not cause a miscarriage if you are already pregnant.
  • Plan B contains progestin only and is very safe.

When should Emergency Contraception be used?

  • Sexual intercourse with condom that broke or was used incorrectly
  • Missed birth control pills
  • Sexual intercourse without birth control
  • Improper use of diaphragm
  • Forced sexual intercourse or rape

How do the Emergency Contraception Pills work?

Plan B prevents pregnancy by preventing ovulation (the release of the egg by the ovary) from occurring, or by not allowing the fertilized egg to attach to the uterus.

What if I am already pregnant and don't know it?

If you are already pregnant, Emergency Contraception will NOT harm the fetus. Plan B can only prevent a pregnancy. It cannot cause an abortion.

What else should I know about Emergency Contraception?

  • You should not rely on it for regular birth control. It does not work as well as other methods of birth control.
  • Plan B does not prevent sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Plan B is unlikely to give you any side effects. Rare side effects include mild fatigue, nausea, or dizziness.
  • Older forms of Emergency Contraception pills contained large amounts of estrogen and caused nausea/vomiting in many women. Plan B does not.
  • After taking Plan B, your period is most likely to occur at the normal time, but may be early. If you do not have a normal period within three weeks, call the Health Services Nurse Care Office Line at at 218-726-7870.

How can I obtain Emergency Contraception (Plan B) at Health Services?

Plan B is available without prescription at the front desk of Health Services for women and men 15 and older. Plan B at Health Services costs $22.

Where can I obtain Emergency Contraception (Plan B) when Health Services is closed?

If you are 15 or older it is available at most pharmacies. You do not need a prescription.

If you are under the age of 15 you can contact Planned Parenthood at 218-722-0833.

Click here for Information about 4me@UMD and the MN Family Planning Program

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