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Women's Health

The Nurse Practitioners at Brady Health Center are committed to providing quality health care for the women attending Frostburg State University.

Mary Tola, CRNP, MS
Darlene Smith, CRNP, MS
Shannon Weiss, CRNP, MS (Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner)


On this page:


Services

For questions and answers about Contraceptive Care at Brady Heath, click here

To download and print the Women's Health History form, click here


Services Available on Site at Brady Health Care with Nurse Practitioners include:

  • Pap Smear and Annual Pelvic Exams
  • Breast Exams
  • Pregnancy Testing
  • Care and support for women with menstrual problems
  • Treatment of Vaginitis
  • Treatment Urinary Tract Infection
  • Treatment of HPV
  • Emergency Contraceptive Pills
  • Contraceptive Management
    • Birth Control Pill   (some pills available at health center or prescription can be written for student to take to pharmacy)
    • Depo-Provera Injections   (student needs to pick up at pharmacy and bring to health center for administration)
    • Condoms
    • Birth Control Patch (Prescription can be provided)
    • NUVA Ring  (Prescription can be provided)
    • For an interactive online tool to help you learn about and select a contraceptive option, visit Method Match from the ARHP (Association for Reproductive Health Professionals_
  • STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections) testing
    • Chlamydia
    • Gonorrhea
    • Syphilis
    • Herpes culture, if lesions present and if clinically indicated.
    • HIV testing


Referral to Community Resources for:

  • HIV testing
  • Contraceptive Services
  • Obstetrical Care
  • Specialized Gynecologic Procedures


Counseling Services

  • Support and information for negotiating safer sex and choosing abstinence
  • Assistance in choosing a Contraceptive Method
  • Pregnancy testing and options counseling and referrals
  • General Health Concerns


First Time Visits

A first time appointment for an annual exam will be 40 - 50 minutes long. When the appointment is scheduled, a medical history form will be provided. When you arrive for a pelvic exam, the Nurse Practitioner will review your medical history form. Be sure to mention any specific symptoms you have and ask questions about any special concerns. If you are not sexually active, this is an opportunity for you to become well informed before having to make decisions. If birth control is your primary concern, a contraceptive program will be tailored to meet your individual needs. If you are concerned about sexually transmitted diseases, you can ask the clinician to discuss your concerns. She will take your blood pressure and examine your neck, lungs, heart, breasts, and abdomen and the Pelvic Exam will follow. The Nurse Practitioners are committed to making your exam a positive experience.


Confidentiality

Any information regarding services and appointments is kept strictly confidential. This information is not available to family, friends or administration without your written authorization.


STI Testing

The following sexually transmitted infections screening is available at Brady Health Center:

  • Syphilis (Blood Sample)
  • Chlamydia (Urine sample in males; Cervical Swab or urine sample in females)
  • HIV (Blood Sample)
  • Gonorrhea (Urine sample in males; Cervical Swab or urine sample in females)
  • Hepatitis B and C (Blood Sample)
  • Trichomoniasis (microscopic examination)
  • Genital Warts (HPV) (Visual inspection; Pap Smear may show changes consistent with HPV infection)
  • Herpes Simplex (if lesions present and patient symptomatic)*


* Screening blood tests for Herpes Simplex Viruses are available and type specific testing can be ordered. The blood specimen must be sent out to a private lab and billing will be from the lab to the student or the student's insurance. 80-90% of the general population in the United States will test positive for HSV-I and 20% for HSV-2. Usually HSV-I affects areas above the waist, causing cold sores or fever blisters, and HSV-2 affects areas below the waist, causing genital herpes. But both viruses can cause outbreaks in either area. Therefore, blood testing does not always clarify what is going on in a particular individual.


Condoms

A WORD OF CAUTION: Condoms are an imperfect prevention for Herpes and Genital Warts. A large number of individuals will have lesions in the genital area in areas not protected by a condom from exposure. Oral sex without protection is another way of transmitting herpes.


Emergency Contraception

Please visit our emergency contraception page.

PAP Smears

The Pap test is a routine part of a female examination. New guidelines have recently been published (November, 2012) by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) for the timing of the initial Pap smear. Cervical cancer screening should begin at age 21. These revised guidelines also recommend:

  • Women from ages 21 to 30 should be screened every three years using either the standard Pap or liquid-based cytology
  • Women age 30 - 65 should be co tested with a cytology (either the Pap smear or liquid-based cytology) and HPV testing every 5 years.  Screening with cytology alone every 3 years is also acceptable.
  • Women with certain high risk factors need more frequent screening, including whose who have HIV, are immunosuppressed, were exposed to DES in utero, and have been treated for cervical neoplasia (CIN) or cervical cancer.   These women should discuss the frequency of their screening tests with their health care provider.


For the most accurate Pap results, the following are suggested:

  1. Abstain from sexual intercourse for 12 hours before a Pap test. Semen can interfere with test results and intercourse may cause microscopic vaginal tears.
  2. Schedule the Pap test in the middle of the menstrual cycle. Bleeding during the menstrual period can obscure cells on the slide.
  3. Postpone your Pap test if you have an active yeast infection. Inflammation from the infection can mask abnormal cells on your cervix.
  4. Don't douche (ever) and don't  wear a tampon for at least 72 hours before the test. These can reduce the number of cells on your cervix.
  5. You will receive your Pap test results in the mail and via the secure server approximately one - two weeks after the test. Be sure we have your correct address. The notification will include results of the test and any other pertinent information.


If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call our office at 301-687-4310.