We have one nurse practitioner, Cathy Flanagan, and one physician, John Lucas, on staff during normal hours of operation (excludes urgent care hours nights and weekends). Cathy has 19 years of experience as a women's health nurse practitioner, and Dr. John Lucas has 41 years of experience in gynecology and obstetrics with a sub specialty in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. All women's health services, well and sick, require an appointment. Appointments are made by calling the Student Health Center appointment clerk at (205) 348-2778.
For first time patients:
Please have your GYN medical history from your home physician faxed to our Medical Records department at (205) 348-2402.
Your annual women's health exam may include a pap smear, a
breast exam, STD testing (if requested), recommended immunizations, and a
general physical exam (height, weight, heart, lungs, etc.).
A pelvic exam will assess the overall health of your
reproductive organs and address any abnormalities discovered.
A pap smear is a procedure that tests for cervical cancer in
women. Annual pap smears will help with early detection and treatment of
A breast exam administered by your health care provider
includes examining the breasts for changes in size and appearance to detect
abnormalities. During your breast exam, your provider will discuss how to
initiate self-exams at home.
Our women's health providers are available for contraception
initiation (for first-time users) and maintenance for women who are already
using contraception. Our contraception services include oral contraception,
Depo-Provera injections, Implanon/Nexplanon, IUD's, and NuvaRing.
STD Testing and Treatment
Our women's health clinic can provide STD testing and
treatment upon request. STD testing is recommended for sexually active adults
to protect their sexual health.
Pregnancy Testing and Counseling
Our women's health providers can test for pregnancy if you
suspect you may be pregnant. If you are pregnant, our providers can counsel and
refer you to another facility. Our services do not include routine pregnancy