The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Women's Wellness

The UTRGV Health Service is committed to providing high quality healthcare and a wide range of prevention and education services. We provide accessible, confidential, and cost effective Women's Health Services.

These include routine annual gynecological examinations that include a pelvic exam to detect physical abnormalities, a Pap smear for detection of cervical cancer, screening test for common sexually transmitted disease (STD), a clinical breast exam and instruction on breast self-examination.

Assessment and management of common women's health concerns such as vaginal infections, STD diagnosis and treatment, menstrual irregularities, premenstrual syndrome, pelvic pain, urinary tract infections, breast evaluation and mammogram referral as needed.

Referrals to community healthcare providers and resources are made for services not available at Health Services.

Birth control prescription and management

Many family planning options are currently available for UTRGV students. Your provider will help you decide which is the best option for you during your visit. Low cost contraception is available through the Health Service Pharmacy.

Pregnancy testing and referrals

Both urine and serum pregnancy testing are available. Family planning counseling and referrals to appropriate agencies is available according to the wishes of the student. Emergency contraception is available as well as referrals to community service providers as deemed appropriate after consulting with your provider.

Women's Wellness Appointments

Women's Wellness services are provided by appointment only. A routine annual evaluation is scheduled as a three-part process and can be scheduled by calling (956) 665-2511 for Edinburg or (956) 882-3896 for Brownsville.

In part one, the student comes for introduction to the exam, collection of blood and urine samples and a review of family planning options and education on what to expect during the actual exam. The student may be asked to view video programs about the gynecological exam.

Part two is the physical exam visit and is scheduled for a convenient time at least two days after the initial visit.

Part three is scheduled for at least one week after the exam visit to allow time for all laboratory results to be available. The Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner will review all the information available and decide with you what are the best options for you.

Nutritional Services

Assessment, education and counseling is available on eating disorders, weight gain and loss, iron deficiency, elevated cholesterol, and diabetes. Referrals are made to licensed dieticians if indicated.