college women have experienced some form of sexual violence.
This list of health-specific issues provides general information. The resources cited are just suggestions and are not endorsed by Boston College. If you cannot find the topic you are looking for here, you can also find additional educational resources on the Office of Health Promotion website. Please contact us if you have questions.
What You Need to Know
Tips on how to quit or cut down on your alcohol consumption
Anyone who drinks might want to cut down on their consumption or quit completely for many reasons, including improving your health and your relationships with family and friends.
Consider these tips:
- Set a limit on how much you will drink
- Stay active
- Find more non-alcoholic activities; e.g., plays, sporting events, movies, sightseeing, and museums
- Watch out and avoid temptation
- Pick one day during the week when you will not drink, then increase it to two, then three, then four, then five, then six, then seven
- Don't keep alcohol at home
- Drink only one drink an hour
- Drink slowly
Source: National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institutes of Health
University Health Services
2150 Commonweath Ave (entrance on St. Thomas More Road)
University Counseling Services
Gasson Hall, Suite 101
McElroy, Room 233
Alcohol and Drug Education Program
Gasson Hall, Suite 013
BC Police Department
Business: 617–552-4440 | Emergency: 617–552–4444 | Escort Services: 617–552–8888
Things to know before piercing
- Piercing guns can NOT be fully sterilized, so make sure your piercing is done with a new, sterile needle.
- Piercing guns can put you at risk of contracting Hepatitis B or HIV/AIDS.
- Piercings in the upper ear need to be taken care of 2–3 times a day for 2–3 months before they fully heal.
- Tongue piercings need to be cleaned 12 times a day for 6–8 weeks.
- Naval piercings need to be cleaned twice a day for at least 9 months and then daily in the shower for the life of the piercing.
Cleansing solutions for piercing care
The piercing salon may sell an ear care antiseptic for you to use for cleansing. The active ingredient is usually benzalkonium chloride, which is the same active ingredient in Bactine. Harsh full-strength solutions, such as peroxide or Bactine, not only kill germs, but can also destroy new healing tissue, so be sure that you dilute these solutions with three parts water to one part antiseptic solution. Alcohol is usually not recommended for cleansing new piercings because it is too harsh and can destroy new healing tissue.
CAUTION: Do not use Hibiclens for cleaning any piercings above the shoulders. It might cause deafness of blindness.
Prevention of infection
There are several precautions you can take to prevent infection of the pierced area and encourage healing:
- Wash your hands with soap and water before touching the pierced area or jewelry to keep bacteria from your hands away from the piercing site. Keep the pierced area clean.
- Cleanse the piercing site with appropriate solution as frequently as recommended for that particular site and for the full length of time recommended for healing.
- Keep pierced area free of chemicals such as perfume, hair spray, or hair gel. After showering, rinse the pierced area with clear water to remove soap or shampoo residue.
- Do not hold a public telephone against a newly pierced ear. Clean your telephone frequently with a disinfectant.
- Following ear or facial piercing, be sure your pillowcase is clean and changed frequently.
- A gauze pad or cotton swab can be used to clean crusts from around the jewelry. Use a new swab for each piercing site. Jewelry should be rotated once or twice while applying solution during each cleaning.
- Earrings should not be removed or changed for at least a month, and should be worn continually for the first 4 to 6 months. Other piercing sites may require more specific care.
What to do if an infection develops
If signs of infection (increased redness, tenderness, heat, swelling) occur in a piercing that is through cartilage, immediately seek medical treatment. An infection of a piercing in cartilage may form a permanent swollen lump (keloid) on the ear. Mild infections of the ear lobe (soft tissue) may be treated with proper cleansing and the local use of antibiotic ointment daily for one to two weeks. Jewelry should be left in to allow drainage of exudate. If no improvement, medical evaluation and treatment is recommended. If you have a nasal piercing and signs of infection (increased redness, tenderness, heat, swelling) occur, you must seek medical care immediately. Infection of nasal piercings can spread to the brain and cause serious complications.
How to stay healthy this flu season
- Get your flu shot. The University holds annual flu shot clinics. Vaccines are also available at local pharmacies. Bring your insurance card with you.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. Rub your hands vigorously together and scrub all surfaces. Wash for at least 20 seconds. (Tip: sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice while washing.) It is the soap combined with the scrubbing action that helps dislodge and remove germs. Use regular soap. Antibacterial soap is not necessary. These soaps may contribute to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.
- When soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers. You can find them in most supermarkets and drugstores. If using a gel, rub the gel on your hands until they are dry. The gel doesn't need water to work; the alcohol in the gel kills germs that cause colds and the flu. However, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers do not remove dirt.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs are often spread when people touch something that is contaminated with germs and then touch their eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs can live for a long time (some can live for two hours or more) on surfaces like doorknobs, desks, and tables.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs cause illnesses like the flu. The flu usually spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes and the droplets from the cough or sneeze move through the air and are deposited on the mouth or nose of people nearby.
- If you feel ill, don't attend class.
- For more information visit mass.gov/handwashing.
Depression affects over 17.6 million Americans each year
Some symptoms may include:
- Too much or too little sleep
- Change in appetite (loss of appetite or weight gain)
- Continuous sad or hopeless mood
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities
- Extreme bouts of crying
- Feeling worthless or helpless
- Aches and pains that don’t respond to treatment
- Trouble concentrating or remembering
- Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts
If you think you may have a problem, please talk to someone at University Health Services 617–552–3225 or University Counseling Services 617–552–3310.
Do you or someone you know need a confidential online assessment? Take the online self-evaluation test.
University Health Services
2150 Commonwealth Ave (entrance on St. Thomas More Road)
University Counseling Services
Gasson Hall, Suite 001
McElroy Commons, Room 233
Mental Health Crisis Hotline
National Mental Illness Screening Project
Free screenings available
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Helpline
National Mental Health Association
Drugs on college campuses
Students might come into contact with an illicit substance at some point during their college years. Check out the links below for important health information and side effects about drugs you might encounter on campus.
- Increased temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure
- Death; cocaine and alcohol together could form a deadly combination.
- Loss of control
- Quck and severe behavior changes
Possible long-term effects:
- Brain damage
- Heart and/or lung failure
You are risking overdose or death every time you use heroin because there is no way of knowing the strength of the drug or what it has been cut with.
- Deceased mental functioning
- Respiratory depression
- Liver, lung, and brain damage
- Risk of contracting hepatitis HIV/AIDS
- Impaired memory
- Shortened attention
- Increased heart rate
- Loss of coordination
- Relaxed inhibitions
- Frequent emotional changes
- Destroyed nerve cells
- Affected learning, emotions, and motivation
- Respiratory problems
Alcohol and Drug Abuse 24-hour Helpline
Mass. Drug and Alcohol Hotline
National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Referral Service
Drug Abuse 24-hour Assistance and Treatment
Variety is key
No single food can provide you with all the essential nutrients your body needs.
Foods from the grain products group should be used as the basis, not the only component, of a healthy diet. Include fruits, vegetables, dairy, and protein to round out a healthy meal.
Many people choose vegetarian diets for a variety of reasons. Vegetarians sometimes do not get enough protein and other vitamins and minerals found in meats. Look for other ways to obtain these nutrients by eating eggs, tofu, beans, etc.
Women need more calcium and iron in their diets than men. There are many low-fat and fat-free ways to obtain the calcium your body needs. Iron can be obtained through lean meats and whole-grain breads.
For more healthy eating information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is an eating disorder?
Eating disorders are extreme expressions of weight and food issues experienced by both men and women. Eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and compulsive overeating. All are serious emotional problems that can have life-threatening consequences. Technically speaking, the "eating" in eating disorder refers to a set of eating habits, weight management practices, and attitudes about weight and body shape. The "disorder" means that the eating-related attitudes and behaviors result in:
- Loss of self-control and other forms of behavioral inefficiency
- Obsession, anxiety, guilt, and other forms of misery
- Alienation from self and others
- Physiological imbalances, which are potentially life threatening
- Intense fear of becoming fat
- Distorted body image
- Signs of restricted eating, severe diets, or fasting
- Rigid exercise regimen
- Social withdrawal, mood shifts, perfectionism
- Lightheadedness, fainting
- Complaints of feeling cold
- Body weight 15% below normal
- Loss of menstrual cycle
- Binge eating followed by fasting or purging
- Vomiting, laxative abuse, over-exercising or abuse of diet pills
- Intense fear of becoming fat
- Feeling uncomfortable eating in front of others
- Weight fluctuations
- Mood shifts, depression, sever self-criticism
- Complaints of sore throats, fatigue, muscle aches
- Eating to escape from worry or anxiety
- Bingeing or eating when not hungry
- Restriction of activities because of embarrassment about weight
- Engaging in continual diets
- Excessive thought devoted to food
- Eating little in public while maintaining high weight
- Feelings of self-worth based on weight and control of eating
Boost your body image
American media, societal and peer pressures all cause men and women to strive for the unrealistic "model" look. Everyone has qualities that are more important than the shape of their body. Boosting your body image requires you to feel happy and healthy about your body. Answer the questions below. Remind yourself of your answers everyday and grow to LOVE YOUR BODY!
- What is your best quality?
- Variety is important. Vary the kinds of food that you need. No single food can provide you with all the essential nutrients your body needs
- Name three things you are good at.
- Exercise can be responsible for your feelings of happiness and good health. What is your favorite way to exercise?
- What makes you the happiest?
- What makes you feel the best about yourself?
- What is your favorite feature or body part? Take care of this favorite feature (e.g., style your hair, paint your nails).
Healthy relationships should include:
- Trust and support
- Shared responsibility
- Always feeling safe
Warning signs of dating violence:
- Extreme jealousy and possessiveness
- Controlling attitudes and behaviors
- Drastic mood swings
- Explosive anger
- Feeling dependent upon the other
- Alcohol and drug use (especially when it causes a person’s behavior to change)
Types of Abuse
- Pushing or shoving
- Slapping or hitting
- Kicking or punching
- Restraining you by force
- Throwing objects at you
- Twisting your arm
- Threatening you with weapons or force
- Ignores your feelings
- Constantly criticizes you
- Makes all decisions for you
- Controls your actions
- Ridicules you or your beliefs
- Makes you feel bad about yourself
- Forcing you to engage in sexual activity against your will
- Touching you in an uncomfortable way
- Minimizing your feelings about sex
Have you been watching your drink closely throughout the night? If you haven’t been, who has?
Is there a chance, Roofies could have been secretly dropped into your drink?
Rohypnol, more commonly referred to as Roofies, Ruffies, Mexican Valium, or The Forget Pill, is being used on college campuses and in bars to rape unsuspecting victims. These tasteless and odorless pills dissolve quickly into drinks and produce effects within 30–60 minutes.
Symptoms might include:
- Impaired motor skills
- Temporary amnesia
- Impaired judgment
- Muscle relaxation
- Death when coupled with alcohol or drugs
Student experiencing these symptoms, especially unconsciousness and temporary amnesia, might find themselves the next morning in a strange place and possibly a victim of sexual assault. If you even suspect you have received Roofies, seek help immediately.
BC Police: 617–552–4444
BC Sexual Assault Hotline: 617–552–BC11
Health Services: 617–552–3225
Rape Crisis Center: 617–492–7273
Brigham & Women’s ER: 617–732–5636
Tips to stay safe
- Watch your drink
- Don’t accept drinks from strangers
- Don’t drink from a punch bowl or common source
- Don’t leave your drink unattended
University Health Services
2150 Commonwealth Ave (entrance on St. Thomas More Road)
University Counseling Services
Gasson Hall, Suite 001
Sexual Assault Network
McElroy, Room 233
Maloney Hall, 441
Hotlines and Helplines
Mass. Coalition for Battered Women Service Groups
800–799–SAFE or 617–248–0922
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
Battered Women’s Hotline
Casa Myrna Vazquez
New England Learning Center for Women in Transition
413–772–0806 (24 hours)
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network
HIV/AIDS infection can be through
- Sexual transmission
- Sharing needles, syringes, or piercing equipment
- Contact with blood, semen, or vaginal fluids
HIV/AIDS cannot be passed by
- Casual contact
- Insect bites or stings
- Hugging or dry kissing
Be responsible and do not engage in activities that put you at risk for contracting HIV/AIDS. Abstinence is the best prevention. If you have engaged in risky behaviors, get tested.
Health Services will perform confidential HIV/AIDS and STI testing by appointment. Call 617–552–3225 for an appointment or more information.
To find off-campus locations for HIV and STI testing and for additional information and resource links on this subject, visit the CDC's GetTested website.
What is malaria?
Malaria is a serious infection that is caused by a parasite called Plasmodium. This parasite enters one's blood stream when bitten by an infected mosquito. The Plasmodium travels to its victim's liver where it grows and multiplies. The infection then spreads to the blood cells, destroys them, and releases toxins into the body. If left untreated malaria can be fatal.
Who is at risk for malaria?
Malaria is not transmitted by casual contact like the cold or the flu. One must be bitten by an infected mosquito. Therefore, anyone exposed to mosquito bites is potentially at risk. Malaria, however, is transmitted more frequently in those who travel to countries outside the U.S. where the disease is prevalent.
What are the signs and symptoms of malaria?
People with malaria may experience flu-like symptoms: fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, and weakness. People may also experience decreased appetite, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Later stages of the infection may cause seizures, anemia, coma, kidney failure, and shock.
Diagnosis and treatment
Malaria is diagnosed by a blood test and, if identified, it is treated with prescription antimalarial drugs.
Malaria prevention is simple. An insect repellent containing DEET offers the best protection against mosquito bites when you are participating in any outdoor activities. If you are traveling outside the country, it is recommended that you speak with your provider about your level of risk and the need to take preventative medication.
Check out the Center for Disease Control's website on malaria for more information.
What is meningitis?
Meningitis is an infection of spinal cord fluid caused by a virus or bacteria. Viral meningitis is easier to treat than bacterial meningitis. Bacterial meningitis is more severe and can result in brain damage, hearing loss, learning disability, and death.
Signs and symptoms include:
- High fever
- Stiff neck
- Discomfort looking into bright lights
For more information check out the following web sites:
Maintaining a Safe Campus
Boston College attempts at all times to maintain a safe environment that supports its educational mission and is free from exploitation and intimidation as well as discrimination based upon gender. Sexual harassment, sexual assault, or sexual misconduct of any kind is antithetical to the mission of Boston College and the values it espouses and will be responded to accordingly. In accordance with Title IX, the University strives to eliminate sexual harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects.
For detailed information, please visit the University's Sexual Assault Policy and Resources website.
The Sexual Assault Network (SANet), is a 24-hour/seven-days-a-week hotline staffed by trained advocates who provide resources and support to the survivor or friend of the survivor as they embark on the healing process.
Call SANet 24 Hour Hotline: 617-552-2211
If you have been sexually assaulted:
- Know that it is not your fault, and you are not alone.
- Right away (before bathing, douching, or changing your clothes) get a medical exam to check for injuries, STIs, or pregnancy.
- Talk to someone about it. The longer you ignore it, the longer it will take for you to recover.
- Take care of yourself. Allow your body to physically and emotionally heal from this trauma.
If you know someone who has been sexually assaulted:
- Listen to them and believe them.
- Encourage them to take care of themselves (see above).
- Reassure them that it was not their fault.
- Provide them with as much support as possible.
1 in 4
of rapes are committed by friends, dates, or coworkers.
Did You Know?
1 in 4
people contract an STI during their lifetime.
STI cases reported annually.
of all STI cases occur in people under 25.
- Genital discharge
- Genital warts or sores
- Painful or burning urination
If left untreated, STIs can lead to reproductive problems, pelvic inflammatory disease, cervical and other kind of genital cancer. Abstinence is the best way to avoid an STI. Act responsibly to prevent the spread of STIs.
If you experience any symptoms or feel you have engaged in risky sexual behavior, you can obtain testing and treatment on campus at University Health Services by calling 617–552–3225 to schedule an appointment.
To find off-campus locations for HIV and STI testing and for additional information and resource links on this subject visit the CDC's GetTested website.
Do you want to quit smoking?
Here are some tips to help:
- Spend more time in smoke-free places
- Keep cigarettes, lighters and ashtrays out of sight
- Find new habits and activities that can’t be done while smoking such as jogging, cooking, swimming etc.
- Keep things like lollipops, pretzel rods, celery and carrot sticks handy when you have a craving
- Relax through "the crazies" by taking a bath, hot shower, or meditating
- Reward yourself
- Know that withdrawal symptoms only last 1–2 weeks
Even if you aren’t ready to quit now, try cutting down first:
- Set a quitting target date
- Smoke one less cigarette each day
- Postpone lighting your first cigarette for an extra hour each day
- Smoke only half of each cigarette
- Don't give up! Relapses occur most often in the first week. If this happens, try again.
Need more help?
Call 617–552–3225 to schedule an appointment with University Health Services.
Dealing with stress
A little stress in life is good and can actually make you more productive, but too much can cause you to get sick. The best way not to let stress cause a problem is to recognize the symptoms early and engage in stress reduction techniques.
Symptoms of being too stressed include:
- Rapid breathing
- Tense muscles
- Mood swings
- Decrease in focus
- Lack of concentration
- Feeling sad or depressed
Stress Reduction Techniques
Relax or find an activity that you enjoy that does not relate to the source of your stress
- Read a book
- Jog, dance, or play a sport
- Watch a movie
- Laugh with friends
- Play a game
- Listen to music
- Drink hot tea or coffee
- Take a hot bath
- Take a nap
- Anything else that makes you feel good
Many scientific studies have found that exercise is a great way to reduce stress and improve your overall happiness and health. It is important to find an exercise activity that you enjoy, such as:
You can avoid unnecessary stress at the end of the semester if you manage your time well and plan at the beginning of the semester. If you forgot to plan at the beginning, it’s still not too late to assess how effectively you are using your time and make the necessary changes.
- Assess how you use your time
- Identify and focus on your priorities
- Plan ahead of time for papers and exams
- Put everything in perspective
- Pick a focus word, phrase, image or prayer
- Assume a comfortable position
- Close your eyes
- Relax your muscles
- Breathe slowly and naturally, repeat your focus word as you exhale
- Assume a positive attitude, if you get distracted, return to your focus word
- Continue for 10–20 minutes
- Practice once or twice a day
Need more help?
Contact University Health Services at 617–552–3225, University Counseling Services at 617-–552–3310, or the Office of Health Promotion at 617–552–9900.
Staying Safe Abroad
Traveling or studying abroad can be a fun and exciting experience. It can quickly be ruined by an illness that could have been prevented with immunizations prior to leaving the United States. Additionally, many countries have required immunizations for foreigners entering their countries. University Health Services is dedicated to keeping you healthy.
Several months before you travel, schedule an appointment with us or your primary care provider to make sure you meet all of the vaccination requirements for your travel destination. This additional time is required to allow any needed vaccines to take effect prior to travel.
Before you leave, check:
- University Health Services, which can provide you with information about the immunizations you might need.
- The Center for Disease Control's Travel web page, which provides a wealth of health-related information on many countries.
By the age of 21, regardless of sexual activity, all women should see a gynecologist annually.
Who should get an annual gynecological check-up?
Your age and health determine when you need screening and which tests you should have.
Under age 21: No pap testing unless experiencing symptoms (see below) then pelvic exam and annual urine GC/CT testing or cervical GC/CT are recommended.
- Abdominal pain
- Bleeding outside your normal period
- Pelvic pressure
- Problems such as pain
- Urinary incontinence
- Vaginal discharge
Age 21–29: Pap with reflex to HPV every 3 years (unless symptomatic). Annual STI screening recommended.
What will occur during a routine exam?
- A visual examination of your genital area to look for any sign of infection or other abnormalities
- A Pap test (see below for details)
- A physical exam to determine the position and size of your uterus and ovaries
- A conversation with your health care provider to determine your personal risk factors for conducting any additional screening tests for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Any questions you may have regarding your health will be answered
What is a Pap test?
A small amount of cells will be taken from the cervix and sent for laboratory analysis for identification of pre-cancerous changes, inflammation or infection.
Why should I have a Pap test?
It is important for early detection and treatment. Cervical cancer is 100% curable when detected in the pre-cancerous or early stage. In addition, other STI screenings can be added to the PAP specimen.
For further information or to set up an exam call Health Services at 617–552–3225.
Breast self exam
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women, and the second leading cause of cancer. More than 178,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed this year, and over 44,000 women will die from the disease. With early detection and prompt, state-of-the-art treatment, the five-year survival rate is 97 percent.
What can I do to help reduce my risk for breast cancer?
For average-risk asymptomatic women in their 20's and 30's, it is recommended that a clinical breast exam be part of a periodic health examination, preferable at least every three years. Additionally, every woman should perform breast self exams each month. If anything is detected or questions arise, contact your health care provider as soon as possible.
Genital HPV and the new HPV vaccine
Human papillomavirus (HPV) infections are the most common sexually transmitted infections in the United States. More than 40 HPV types can be spread through direct sexual contact. Of these, about a dozen, including HPV types 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58 are high-risk; that is, persistent infections with these HPV types can cause cellular changes that may progress to cancer. HPV types 16 and 18 are responsible for approximately 70% of all cervical cancers, and HPV types 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58 are responsible for another 20 percent of cervical cancers. Types 6 and 11 are low-risk types that do not cause cancer but can cause genital warts.
In December 2014, the FDA approved the 9-valent vaccine Gardasil 9, which protects against infection with HPV types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58.
Who gets HPV?
Anyone who has ever had genital contact with another person who has genital HPV is at risk of contracting the disease. You are more likely to get HPV if you have:
- Engaged in sexual activity at an early age
- Had multiple sex partners
- Had sexual contact with a partner who has a history of multiple sex partners
Since many women will have genital HPV at some point in their lives, it is very important to screen for the disease by getting regular Pap Tests. Early detection can save your life.
Ways of reducing the risk of exposure to HPV
Abstinence is the surest way since exposure to the virus is possible even while wearing condoms because of infected areas that may not be covered. The most serious consequence of genital HPV is cervical cancer in women. A Pap Test is the best way to screen for HPV.
New vaccine to prevent cervical cancer
In June 2006, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to recommend the first vaccine developed to prevent cervical cancer and other diseases caused by certain types of genital HPV. The HPV vaccine protects against four HPV types, which together cause 70 percent of cervical cancers and 90 percent of genital warts.
Who should get the vaccine?
The vaccine is recommended for two groups:
- Girls who are 11–12 years old, ideally before they are sexually active. The vaccine is most effective in people who have not acquired any of the four HPV types covered by the vaccine. (Girls can receive the vaccine as early as 9 years old.)
- Girls/women who are 13–26 years old who have not yet received or completed the series.
The vaccine has been widely tested on girls/women who are 9–26 years old. Research on the safety and efficacy of the vaccine for women older than 26 years old has recently begun.
What does the HPV vaccine not cover?
- Certain types of cervical cancers will not be prevented by the vaccine.
- It does not prevent against all types of genital warts and won't prevent other STIs.
- It is important for sexually active adults to continue with annual exams and to reduce exposure to HPV and other STIs.
Obtaining the vaccine
The HPV vaccine is a series of three shots over a six-month period of time and is available at University Health Services by calling 617–552–3225 and scheduling an appointment.
Check with your personal health insurer regarding coverage for the HPV vaccine.
For additional information visit the CDC HPV website.
The emotional, spiritual, and health issues during a pregnancy can seem overwhelming. At Boston College, we will make every effort to provide you with a supportive environment intended to assure caring, confidential, non-judgmental, professional assistance and to support others affected by the pregnancy as well. There are many resources available to you that will assist you in continuing and completing your degree.
The goal of the University is to provide a comprehensive support team that emphasizes caring and personal respect. If you are pregnant, or if you know someone who is pregnant, this web site describes the support services available at BC. It provides basic information and the names of individuals who are ready to assist you. Please feel free to contact any of the individuals or offices listed to discuss your situation. All consultations will be handled confidentially.
University Health Services provides confidential free pregnancy testing. Call 617–552–3225 to schedule an appointment. The office can help arrange referrals with off-campus physicians, provide nutritional guidance, and answer questions about what to expect during pregnancy.
What is a yeast infection?
Approximately 75% of all women will experience a yeast infection at least once in their lifetime. Yeast is always present in the female body. An infection occurs due to a shift in the pH of the vagina causing excess yeast.
What are the symptoms of a yeast infection?
- Burning and irritation in the vagina
- Painful urination and/or intercourse,
- Thick white discharge
What causes a yeast infection?
There are a variety of causes of a yeast infection. Some of the most common are:
- Oral contraceptives
- Perfumed feminine hygiene sprays
- Wearing tight and/or poorly ventilated clothing
What to do if you think you have a yeast infection?
The best thing to do if you suspect you may have a yeast infection is to see a doctor or nurse practitioner for a diagnosis and course of treatment. It is especially important to seek medical advice if you have recurrent yeast infections.
For further information or to schedule an appointment, call University Health Services a 617–552–3225