5 Health Tips College Women Need to Know
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1. Visit the Health Center
- Ask Questions – The staff at your student health center can explain the facts about your medicines and health care.
- Make a Plan – If you have health concerns, prepare a plan with the staff on how to manage your health on campus.
- Get the Facts – Talk to the staff about scheduling pap tests and learn more about HPV, HIV and birth control.
2. Use Medicines Wisely
- Follow Directions – Read the label and ask your healthcare provider how much you should take and when. Make sure not to double up on acetaminophen.
- Don’t Use Expired Medicines– Check the expiration date before taking any medicine or dietary supplement. Expired medicines may not work or may make you sick.
- Store Safely – Put your medicines away after each use, and keep them out of sight. Medicines can cause harm if taken by the wrong person.
3. Take Care of Mental Health
- Learn the Signs of Depression – Most students will feel sad or stressed at some point during the school year. Get help if you feel sad for more than two weeks or have these other signs of depression.
- Stay on Track with Your Treatment – Plan how you will handle your medications or counseling sessions with your busy schedule. If you do take medicines for depression, use our guide to help you work with your healthcare provider.
- Talk with Someone You Trust – Don't suffer in silence. Have a conversation about how you are feeling with your parents, a counselor at the health center or another trusted adult. Get tips on how to start the conversation.
4. Commit to Getting More Sleep
- Take Time to Rest – Most adults need 7 – 8 hours of sleep each night. Limiting caffeine and passing on naps after 3 p.m. can help you get a good night’s rest. Learn more tips for better sleep.
- Get Help for Sleep Problems– Talk to your doctor or nurse about all of the risks and benefits of using prescription and OTC sleep medicines. Sleep medicines work well for many people, but they can also cause serious side effects and affect your driving.
- Avoid Pure Powdered Caffeine– Pure powdered caffeine is a powerful stimulant. You may think it can help you stay awake, but it may cause accidental overdose. A single teaspoon of pure caffeine is roughly equivalent to the amount in 28 cups of coffee, which may cause accidental overdose.
5. Protect Your Eye Health
- Take Care of Your Contacts – Follow your eye doctor’s directions on how to wear and clean your contacts. Click here for contact lens care tips.
- Get a Prescription for Decorative Contacts– Decorative contacts are not “one size fits all.” You need an eye exam from a licensed eye doctor. Never buy lenses from beauty supply stores, flea market or internet sites that do not require a prescription.
- Don't Share Make-Up– While it may be tempting, do not share or swap your makeup – not even with your best friend, roomie or sorority sister. Another person's bacteria may be harmful to you. Get more eye makeup tips.
Want more health and safety tips? Visit the College Women's Health webpage at
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- Order our free "4 Steps to Safe Medication Use" poster and fact sheets for your campus today!
- Download the College Women Social Media Toolkit for sample messages to share with your campus.
- Sign your campus group up to join the National College Women's Campaign.