- Gynecological and women’s health services are provided throughout the week (and you shouldn’t hesitate to come in for care), and specialized GYN clinics are offered at certain times by appointment.
- A physician or nurse practitioner with special expertise in women’s healthcare staffs the GYN clinics.
- To schedule an appointment, please call the Decker Student Health Services Center at 607-777-2221 so we can gather important history and other information. Be sure to tell us if you’re having acute pain or other symptoms because we may wish to have you come in immediately.
Services available include:
- Routine pap smears
- Annual pelvic and breast examinations
- Testing for sexually transmitted infections
- Diagnosis and treatment of urinary tract infections, pelvic inflammatory disease and menstrual disorders
- Birth control
- Urine pregnancy testing
- Post-abortion examinations
- Emergency contraception (cost is $25)
- Assistance overcoming eating disorders
- Information on community resources
- Women beginning oral contraceptives are given a prescription for 2–3 months of pills. At the 3-month checkup, if all is going well the student will be given a prescription for the remainder of one year. Annual renewal appointments can be arranged by calling 607-777-2221.
- Diaphragm fittings can be performed and a prescription can be written.
- DepoProvera injections may be administered for a fee. A visit with one of the nurses begins this process. An exam (or documentation of previous exam) is necessary before we give the first injection, so students shouldn’t expect an injection on the first nurse visit.
- Learn more about birth control by visiting these websites Ann Rose's Ultimate Birth Control or the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Emergency contraception is a way to reduce your risk of pregnancy after having unprotected sex (sex without birth control or when birth control fails). It isn't intended for regular use, but should be used in situations where:
- you had sex without birth control (heat of the moment) and don't want to become pregnant
- the condom broke
- you missed more than one day of your birth control pills this month or were late starting your pack
- your diaphragm slipped
- your missed your birth control shot
- your were forced to have sex
The key factor is time! Emergency contraception is most effective when taken
within 72 hours after unprotected sex.
Emergency contraception is available at the Decker Student Health Services Center during walk-in hours from 8 to 11 a.m. or by appointment. Cost (subject to change) is $25.
If the Decker Student Health Services Center is closed and you don't feel you can wait or waiting will put you beyond the 72 hour window, you may wish to do one of the following:
- Call Southern Tier Women's Services (Dr. Amy Cousins) at 607-785-4171 for an appointment (required).
- Call Planned Parenthood of South Central New York in Binghamton at 607-723-8306.