Sexual Health/GYN Appointments
Sexual Health issues remain some of the most important health concerns for young adults. Many of these issues carry with them the potential for significant, and often long term consequences. Since many problems can be either avoided or minimized through some simple measures (education, risk reduction, behavior modification, routine examinations and testing) the Health and Wellness Center strongly encourages students to take advantage of the services available. The Lehigh University Health and Wellness Center offers a confidential, non-judgmental environment where students can come to address questions and concerns.
An annual well woman visit or gynecological exam is important for a young woman when she becomes sexually active or at age 21 (whichever is earlier). There is a $25 annual fee for a student to receive gynecological care and/or prescription for contraception. Exams and added fees may include:
- Instruction on self-breast exam
- Pap smear ($55.00 fee) starting at age 21and periodically
- Examination of the genital tract (uterus and ovaries)
- Testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea ($15.00 fee): the Centers for Disease Control recommends this year for all sexually active women 25 years old and younger.
Routine exams are offered Tuesday - Thursday by appointment only at the Health Center. Please call Christine Feit at 610-758-3866 to schedule an appointment.
*If you believe you are currently experiencing a gynecologic problem, please call the main Health Center number, 610-758-3870, to speak with our medical assistant and schedule an appointment.
Planned Parenthood services are currently not available at the Health and Wellness Center. You may call the Planned Parenthood office at (610) 694-0642 to schedule an appointment to be seen at the Bethlehem office, 65 E. Elizabeth Ave., a short drive from campus.
Planned Parenthood of North East Pennsylvania provides various gynecologic services to students of the Lehigh University community.
HPV vaccine is currently recommended, per CDC guidelines, for both females through age 26 and male students through age 21 (optional through age 26). Female and male students are advised to call for an appointment to discuss or receive the vaccine.
Various contraceptive services are available at the Health & Wellness Center including prescriptions for the following:
- Oral Contraceptive Pill prescriptions (OCP’s)
- NuvaRing (self inserted monthly vaginal contraceptive)
- Diaphragm fittings
- Depo-Provera injections
Emergency contraception, a.k.a. the morning after pill, may be purchased confidentially from a member of the Student Health and Wellness Center staff in the check out area, by both male and female students, for a low cost of $30.00. We encourage students to purchase it in advance of possible need. There is no need to call in advance for an appointment for this service.
Condoms are given out free of charge at scheduled Sexpert (Sexual Health Peer Educator) programs, at special health events such as HIV/AIDS Awareness week and also during any patient visit. Condoms are also available for sale at the Health and Wellness Center Front Desk for a low cost of 4 for $1.00.
Please be aware that the Health & Wellness Center does not FILL prescriptions. Students must take their prescriptions to a local pharmacy.
STI (formerly STD) / HIV testing
Sexually transmitted infections or STI's are among the most important public health problems in the U.S. with a large percentage of these occurring in college students. The Lehigh University Health & Wellness Center is available to aid in the diagnosis and the treatment of infected patients and to provide counseling and patient education.
Chlamydia and Gonorrhea:
The Health and Wellness Center offers testing for both men and women to detect chlamydia and gonorrhea for $15. The test in women is done during the gynecologic exam or by collecting a urine specimen. In males, the test is done by the collection of a urine specimen. The urine specimen must be collected at least one hour after the last time you voided.
Testing of possible herpes sores is available for a fee. Students who desire a blood test for herpes titers (evidence of past infection) should make an appointment to discuss this with a provider.
Free HIV testing and free syphilis testing are available:
Health Bureau Wellness Clinic
10 Church Street, City Hall Bethlehem
Monday or Friday 1:00-3:00.