Category Archives: Nurse Practitioner Answers FAQ

IS A LONG-ACTING CONTRACEPTIVE RIGHT FOR ME?

Did you know almost half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned? Did you know approximately 50% of these unplanned pregnancies occur in women who say they were using some form of contraception? There are many birth control … Continue reading

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Just a Cough or Whooping Cough?

At our Student Health and Counseling Clinic, we typically see many students throughout the school year with common colds, coughs and flu symptoms. In 2005 and again this past 2010-2011 school year, we’ve seen a significant number of students with … Continue reading

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NP Answers Your FAQ: WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TRAVEL IMMUNIZATIONS

Many of our students travel abroad in association with school-related studies and projects as well as for business or recreation. We are frequently asked about recommended travel immunizations. Our policy at CSUSM Student Health and Counseling Services is to refer … Continue reading

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HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE A DRINKING PROBLEM?

1. Have you ever felt the need to CUT down on your drinking? 2. Have people ever ANNOYED you by criticizing your drinking? 3. Have you ever felt GUILTY about your drinking? 4. Have you ever taken a morning EYE-opener … Continue reading

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NP Answers your FAQs: Am I a Cyberchondriac?

Is this a mole…or melanoma? I have a headache…could I have a brain tumor? I’ve been tired lately…maybe it’s a sign of AIDS!      Students frequently come to our clinic for medical evaluation after they’ve searched the Internet, talked … Continue reading

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NP Answers Your FAQ: AS A STUDENT, DO I NEED HEALTH INSURANCE?

“You need to go to the Emergency Department because we think you have appendicitis.” “Your PAP results were abnormal, and you will need to see a Gynecologist for a colposcopy.” “You fractured your ankle skate-boarding, and you’ll need to see … Continue reading

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NP Answers your FAQ: HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE AN EATING DISORDER?

Do I…weigh myself every day skip at least one meal a day          count calories and fat grams every time I eat          exercise excessively or compulsively          self-induce vomiting after I eat        abuse laxatives or diet pills to control my weight? Am … Continue reading

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NP Answers your FAQ: WHAT ARE THE NEW GUIDELINES FOR PAP AND STI TESTING?

 There are some changes in testing recommendations for the annual women’s wellness visit that are approved by ACS (American Cancer Society) and ACOG (American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology).  WHAT HAS NOT CHANGED?   All young women who have ever been … Continue reading

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