Our San Antonio OBGYNs offer college check-ups
Our San Antonio OBGYNs care for women’s health at every age. We are happy to perform college check-ups and talk to young women before they make the important transition from high school to college. For us, a college medical check is about more than just filling out a form. Our doctors answer young women’s questions that they may feel embarrassed to ask their pediatrician or family doctor.
We care about the mental and physical health of young women. As a result, we are here to provide compassionate support and expertise as they transition into independent living.
Taking a health history is an important part of college check-ups
Our San Antonio OBGYNs will review a young woman’s health history in private. This not only allows her to be open and honest with us, but it gives us an opportunity to provide counseling about healthy lifestyle choices. Before a woman’s physical, it’s helpful for her to review parts of the form with a parent to familiarize herself with past and current health problems and family history.
Forms for college check-ups ask a variety of questions, and students may hesitate to provide honest answers. Our San Antonio OBGYNs offer a no-judgment zone for young women. We want and need to hear truthful answers to every question. The topics of these questions may include the following.
- Drug and alcohol use
- Behavior while driving, including texting and seat belt use
- Eating habits, including problems like eating disorders
- Dating violence and abuse
- Mental health, such as depression and anxiety
- Sexual history
These questions address issues that directly affect many young women when they go to college.
Lab tests and immunizations
College check-ups routinely include certain lab tests, including tuberculosis screening. Other lab tests may be needed to address individual health issues. Colleges have a list of required vaccinations and other vaccines that they highly recommend.
Required vaccines include up-to-date DTP, polio, Tdap and MMR. Our San Antonio OBGYNs and forms for college check-ups also highly recommend the meningococcal vaccine to prevent meningitis. Other recommendations include hepatitis A, varicella and influenza. Our doctors urge all young women age 26 or under to also have the HPV vaccine to protect against certain cancers, including cervical cancer.
The physical examination
Our San Antonio OBGYNs perform a complete physical that includes all the information college check-ups require, such as blood pressure, height and weight.
It isn’t on the forms for college check-ups, but we also feel it’s important to talk to young women about a variety of lifestyle issues at this visit.
- Birth control options
- Safe sex practices
- Domestic violence and abuse in dating relationships
- Healthy eating
- Healthy lifestyle
Our San Antonio OBGYNs want to help young women achieve a lifetime of good health, and college check-ups are a great way to begin. Contact us for an appointment to have a college medical check.