Sexual Health Services
Committed to promoting the physical health and wellness of all students at The Claremont College.
Welcome to Sexual Health at The Claremont Colleges Student Health Services. A variety of services are offered for your health in the area of gynecology. The following are guidelines and procedures to help you utilize our services more effectively. If you have questions and concerns, please schedule a consultation with one of our health care providers.
How and When to Schedule a Gynecological Exam
An annual pelvic exam including Pap Smear and breast exam is recommended for all women starting by age 21 or within 3 years after first sexual intercourse. This service is provided by appointment only. You should schedule an appointment with a provider at a time when you will not be menstruating, and re-schedule if your period should start. Appointments should be made two weeks in advance, as there is a demand for this service. At least 48 hours before your Pap appointment, do not douche, have sexual intercourse, or use tampons, vaginal gels or creams. The cost for a gynecological exam with a liquid-based pap smear (Sure Path) is $85.00. If the Pap smear result is abnormal, HPV (human papilloma virus) testing will be performed.
If you have had an annual exam done sometime within the past year, you can fax the results of that exam to us at (909) 621-8472. This will save you the time and expense of having it done again at SHS.
Emergency Contraception (Plan B)
The “morning after pill,” Levonorgestrel, is available as an emergency measure after unprotected intercourse. It must be administered within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse and is about 75% effective. A consistent, effective method of birth control needs to follow. Plan B is now FDA approved for over-the-counter dispensing. Plan B is also now available at Student Health Services at a cost of $20.00, no appointment is required. Plan B is also available at The Student Health Services Wellness Room at Pomona College, Walker Hall, Room 204. The website not-2-late.com has information about which local pharmacies also provide this service. In addition, you can log on to National Institutes of Health (NIH) for more information.
Birth Control Information
Many methods of contraception are available at Student Health Services including birth control pills, and Depo-Provera. If you are interested in birth control, you are encouraged to discuss the options (Nuvaring, Intrauterine Device, etc.) with a provider at Student Health Services. Community referrals can be made for students requesting methods not available at SHS. NOTE: Depo-Provera is started during the first 5 days of your period and requires strict adherence to a timetable.
If you have had the pill or other hormonal contraception prescribed at another clinic and wish to obtain refills through Student Health Services, your provider may ask you to provide a copy of a current Pap report and gynecological exam done within the last year. A Medical Records Release form is available at the Reception Desk of the Student Health Service. The results may be sent by mail or faxed to (909) 621-8472.
Infections and Other Problems
If you believe you have a vaginal infection or other gynecological problem, an appointment is advised.
Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing
STI, HIV, and urinary tract infection testing is available in addition to routine lab tests. Educational material on Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), Herpes, Hepatitis A, B, and C, Syphilis, and HIV is available at HEO or in Consultation with a SHS healthcare provider.
- Timing must be four weeks from the first day of your last menstrual period or two weeks from last unprotected intercourse.
- If the test is negative and you do not have a normal menstrual period in the following two weeks, the test should be repeated.
- There is a $10.00 charge for a urine pregnancy test. A blood test is available for $17.00. Timing for this test must be done at least two weeks after the last unprotected intercourse. No test is 100% accurate!
- Please schedule an appointment for pregnancy testing and counseling.
Condoms/contraceptive foam/ spermicidal jelly
Contraception products are available without a prescription. Latex condoms are recommended as a method of prevention against sexually transmitted infections. When used alone, they do not constitute the most effective form of contraception; if you use condoms for contraception, they should be used in conjunction with foam, spermicidal jelly, or vaginal contraceptive film. NOTE: The CDC warns that Nonoxynol-9 may increase the risk of HIV transmission.
HPV Vaccine (Gardasil)
Gardasil is the first vaccine developed to prevent cervical cancer, precancerous genital lesions and genital warts due to HPV (human papilloma virus). This vaccine is recommended for females 9-26 years of age. It is given in a series of three injections over a six month period. Gardasil is now available at SHS at $250 per injection. Schedule an appointment to see a healthcare provider at Student Health Service to discuss and begin your Gardasil vaccine.
SHS Sexual Health Services Fees
|Annual Health Exam
(Includes breast exam and pap smear)
|Sure Path Pap (w/HPV testing if pap smear is abnormal)||$125.00|
|Diagnostic Microscopy for Vaginal Infections||$15.00|
Serum (blood) $17.00
|Oral Contraception (one cycle)||$15.00|
|Condoms||Free @ HEO|
|Emergency Contraception (Plan B)||$20.00|
|Confidential HIV Test||$22.00|
|STI Panel 1 — Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, RPR (Syphilis), HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus), and HIV||$70.00|
|STI Panel 2 — Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, RPR (Syphilis), and HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus)||$60.00|
|RPR (blood test for Syphilis)||$15.00|
|Herpes HSV1 & HSV2||
Prices are subject to change