The Wellness Center provides a range of services, including but not limited to gynecological care, contraception counseling and prescriptions, preventive care, and STI testing. All services are confidential.
College age women face many challenges including:
- Social and sexual pressures.
- The temptation of readily available alcohol, drugs and unhealthy foods.
- The challenge of getting enough sleep.
- Stress from trying to balance classes, friends, homework, jobs, athletics and leadership positions.
The following health information can help you stay healthy in college:
Diet and Exercise
Eat regular healthy meals to help keep up your energy. Young adults need 2 1/2 hours of moderate intensity aerobic physical activity a wee and 2 or more days of muscle strengthening activities that will focus on legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms. Regular activity helps to improve your overall health and fitness. It also reduces your risk for many chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. Find something you enjoy, such as jogging or running, dancing, or playing sports. Learn More
Eating disorders are serious medical problems and are more common in females than males. Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder are all types of eating disorders. Eating disorders often develop during adolescence or early adulthood, but can occur during childhood or later in adulthood.
Students who work or study long hours may not get enough sleep at night. As a result, they may be sleepy and sluggish during the day and have trouble concentrating, participating in class, taking tests, or making decisions. Driving while sleepy can be as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. Both are preventable!
Some habits that can improve your sleep health:
- Be consistent. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends.
- Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing, and at a comfortable temperature.
- Turn off electronic devices, such as TVs, computers, and smart phones.
- Avoid large meals, caffeine, and alcohol before bedtime
- Get some exercise. Being physically active during the day can help you fall asleep more easily at night.
Anxiety is a normal part of life. Feeling anxious is often common before taking a test, or making an important decision. Anxiety can get worse over time and this feeling can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships. This can lead to depression and if left untreated can lead to tragic events such as self-harm or suicide.
Some habits to help with anxiety and depression:
- Develop a support network of friends. Campus and extracurricular activities such as athletics and student clubs are great ways to meet new friends.
- If you have concerns about your study habits or coursework load, talk with teachers, counselors, family members, and friends for advice and support.
- Stay active. Regular physical activity can help keep your thinking, learning, and judgment skills sharp. It can also reduce your risk for depression, and it may help you sleep better.
Visit the Wellness Center and discuss your concerns with a mental health professional.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
It is estimated that 20 million new sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) diagnosed each year are among young people aged 15–24 years. Women can have long term effects of these diseases, including pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, tubal scarring, ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pelvic pain.
Sexually active female aged 25 years or younger should get tested every year for chlamydia. If left untreated, chlamydia can affect your ability to have children.
If you are diagnosed with an STD, notify your sex partners so they can be tested and receive treatment if needed. If your sex partner is diagnosed with an STD, you need to be evaluated, tested, and treated. The most reliable ways to avoid transmission of STDs, including HIV infection, are to abstain from sexual activity or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner. Latex male and female condoms, when used consistently and correctly, can reduce the risk of transmission of some STDs.
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) that affects both men and women who are in their late teens and early 20s. There are many different types of HPV. Some types can cause health problems including genital warts and cancers.
Anyone who is sexually active can get HPV, even if you have had sex with only one person. You also can develop symptoms years after you have sex with someone who is infected. In most cases, HPV goes away on its own and does not cause any health problems. But when HPV does not go away, it can cause health problems like genital warts and cancer.
Genital Warts are small bump or group of bumps in the genital area. They can be small or large, raised or flat, or shaped like a cauliflower.
HPV vaccine is recommended for young women through age 26, and young men through age 21. GARDASIL®9 (Human Papillomavirus 9-valent Vaccine, Recombinant) helps protect girls and women ages 9 to 26 against cervical, vaginal, vulvar, and anal cancers and genital warts caused by 9 types of HPV. Cervarix is also approved for use in females 10 through 25 years of age and offers protection against HPV virus 16 and 23.
Drugs, Tobacco and Alcohol
Alcohol and other drug use among young people are major public health problems in the United States. Substance use and abuse can increase the chances for fatal and nonfatal injuries, sexual violence, unintended pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases. Learn more about the effects of drugs, tobacco and alcohol on your health.