Health Services offers annual pelvic exams, diagnosis and treatment of gynecological disorders including STI’s (sexually transmitted illnesses), pregnancy testing, birth control and emergency contraception (EC). The cost of urine pregnancy testing is $10.00 and EC costs $15.00.
Health Services does not dispense oral contraception. Health Services providers can write new birth control prescriptions and provide refill authorizations. Although most plans cover the cost of contraception, students should refer to their individual insurance policy for specific information about costs.
Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) are not placed at Health Services, but referrals to community providers who offer this service are available. Pasadena Planned Parenthood offers extensive ob-gyn and sexual health services. Information about Planned Parenthood can be accessed at www.pppsgv.org.
Routine annual gynecologic/pelvic examinations require an appointment. Students covered by the Caltech UHC insurance plan are eligible for pelvic exams, including Pap test, that are covered under the benefits of the plan. Students with alternative insurance policies can receive annual pelvic exams at no cost. Students should confirm that LabCorp is an in-network laboratory, and refer to their insurance coverage for any costs for Pap tests or cultures. Students with Kaiser insurance, or for whom LabCorp is not an in-network laboratory, may also elect to have specimens processed at Health Services and pay a discounted lab fee through their Bursar's account. Health Services can also help facilitate a referral to the nearest Kaiser facility.
Free condoms are available at Health Services. We welcome LGBTQ+ students with questions re: gynecological and sexual health concerns.