Sexual and Reproductive Health
Sexual and reproductive healthcare needs and concerns are common at any age, but especially among college aged men and women. The student health center staff strives to be sensitive to the issues of those who may be sexually active with the opposite sex, same sex or both as well as for those students who are not or have not been sexually active.
It is our goal to provide quality clinical services in an environment that is non-judgmental and respectful of each individual as well as his or her privacy. Men’s Health Services, Women’s Health Services and Transgender Health Services are available. Details of services are described below. Please see the Price List for fees that may be charged for some of these services and tests.
Evaluation, treatment as well as educational and support resources are provided to achieve optimal health.
For additional resources, see the Office For Wellness and Health Promotion.
The Men’s Health Team at Engemann Student Health Center is about the care and treatment of health concerns unique to being male. We provide you with a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment in which to discuss your questions and concerns.
Available Services for Men’s Health
• Evaluation and treatment for sexual health issues
• Check-up, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections and diseases*
• HIV Testing
• Support in maintaining sexual health
• Support and assistance for concerns relating to sexual function or performance
• Support and assistance for concerns relating to sexual orientation
• Information about testicular self exams
• Routine age-specific laboratory testing
• Blood pressure screening
• Review of medication
• Information about diet and exercise
*Important information about STI screening: A urine test is a simple, but reliable way of detecting infections of the urethra in men. To do this, you must not urinate for at least three hours prior to giving your specimen, and it is important that only the initial 10cc (marked on the container) of your stream be collected.
The Women’s Health Team at Engemann Student Health Center provides caring, comprehensive, gynecologic care delivered by a team of specialists. Routine yearly visits for gynecologic care are available that include PAP smears if needed. Visit options include counseling and exams for STIs, minor vaginal concerns, contraception needs, breast issues, general women’s health concerns, and pregnancy diagnosis. For more complicated women’s health concerns, referrals to off-campus resources are available.
Available Services for Women’s Health
Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)
Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) methods include the intrauterine device (IUD) and the birth control implant. Both methods are highly effective in preventing pregnancy, last for several years, and are easy to use. Both are reversible—if you want to become pregnant or if you want to stop using them, you can have them removed at any time. Read more about LARC.
Emergency contraception (EC) is a method of potentially preventing pregnancy after unprotected sexual intercourse. EC is effective if taken within 5 days after unprotected intercourse has occurred. Emergency contraception is available through the Advice Nurse at Engemann Student Health Center on a walk-in basis or at the Campus Pharmacy.
Pregnancy Testing and Consultation
Pregnancy testing and consultation for an unplanned pregnancy is available at the Engemann Student Health Center. This is a confidential service with a trained professional who will discuss your test results in a private setting and provide information and resources.
Routine Gynecological Exams, PAP Smears and Sexually Transmitted Infection Screening
Routine gynecological examinations including pap smears, pelvic examinations and breast exams, are conducted by caring professionals experienced in women’s health. Read more about getting a Pap Smear here.
Check-up, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections and diseases are also available, including HIV testing.
Students who have questions regarding use and methods of contraception, are invited to schedule an appointment with a medical services provider.
Engemann Student Health Center is committed to providing comprehensive, integrated care for transgender individuals at USC. We understand that gender is a complex mix of cultural, biological and psychological factors. Engemann uses an integrative health model that can assist individuals with information and support related to transgender, genderqueer and non-binary students.
Each transgender person has a different story and may be at a different stage in their transition; with different needs and expectations. For that reason we strongly recommend that all patients make an appointment with a primary care clinician with experience in transgender care so that we can get to know you, review your medical history, and work with you to get you the assistance you need. You may schedule an appointment online or call the appointment office.
Your Medical Trans Team at Engemann Student Health Center has a special interest and training in transgender-related health care inquiries and referrals:
- Dr. Patty Pinanong, Pronouns: she, her, hers
- Dr. Lisa Richardson, Pronouns: she, her, hers
- Dr. William Leavitt, Pronouns: he, him, his
- Dr. Lori Walker, Pronouns: she, her, hers
Questions About Surgery
When you meet with a member of the Medical Trans Team, you can discuss your concerns about surgery and the process involved. Please refer to this Transgender Surgery Process chart for details.
Aetna Student Insurance Benefits*
For questions and concerns about your health insurance plan and benefits, please schedule a private benefits counseling appointment with Debbie Hansen at (213) 740-2180. Please see these Aetna forms here for more information.
Gender Reassignment Surgery (GRS) Checklist for Precertification Process
Gender Reassignment Surgery (GRS) Checklist for Students Precertification Requirements
*For other plans, please contact member services located on the back of your insurance card.