This Initiative is challenging the systemic obstacles that lead to inequity in healthcare by exploring and elevating the expertise and knowledge of existing Black women at UCSF and in the Bay Area community to implement novel solutions for healthcare disparities in Black women’s well-being, while accelerating and improving both recruitment and retention of Black women at UCSF and their promotion to leadership positions. Visit the Black Women's Health & Livelihood page for more information.
The Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center is specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with breast problems, breast cancer, or general concerns about breast health. Our multidisciplinary team of surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, psychologists, nutritionists, and pathologists will partner with you to customize quality and expert care in a respectful and supportive environment based upon the latest research knowledge and your personal preferences.
At the UCSF Gynecologic Surgical Oncology Clinic, our team of gynecologic cancer surgeons, radiation specialists and specially trained nurses provide screening exams, diagnostic imaging, treatments such as surgery and radiation, advice on the latest available therapies, and patient education in a compassionate and supportive environment.
Center for Reproductive Health
Everyone deserves the right to understand their fertility potential and how it affects their reproductive options. At the UCSF Center for Reproductive Health, you will find a compassionate and innovative program that will make your journey as comfortable as possible. Our diverse team, led by physicians who are board-certified in both obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology and infertility, also includes genetic counselors, psychologists, male reproductive health specialists, and a doctorate-level embryology staff that works to maximize success for all individuals and couples who choose to undergo in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment.
The UCSF Center for Urogynecology and Women's Pelvic Health offers innovative and specialized care for women with urinary and anal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and urethral or bladder dysfunction provided by physicians specializing in gynecology, urology and colorectal surgery. The center offers surgical and non-surgical treatment options, as well as behavioral and biofeedback treatment through the Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Program.
The UCSF Endometriosis Center provides personalized care, treatment and support for women with all stages of endometriosis and related disorders. Each patient receives a comprehensive, sustainable care plan that is developed collaboratively with her gynecologist, who works with a multidisciplinary team of experts. The Center is led by a fellowship-trained surgeon with expertise in minimally invasive gynecologic techniques, and includes surgeons, physical therapists, gastroenterologists, urogynecologists, sexual health experts, alternative/integrative medicine providers, pain experts, radiologists, infertility doctors and psychologists.
An estimated 20-50% of women have benign uterine growths called fibroids. The UCSF Comprehensive Fibroid Center is dedicated to serving the specific needs of each of these women, focusing on her individual symptoms and preferences to find the best solution for her.
PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)
PCOS is the most common endocrine disorder among women, affecting 5-10% of the female population. The UCSF Multidisciplinary PCOS Clinic houses a team of specialists in reproductive endocrinology, dermatology, nutrition, psychology and genetics working together with each patient to create an individualized treatment plan for her.
Chronic pelvic pain, defined as pain in the pelvis that lasts for more than six months and affects a woman's quality of life, is one of the most common medical problems among women. The Chronic Pelvic Pain Center at UCSF tailors treatment to each patient depending on the underlying cause of her pain.
Routine family planning is offered as part of a primary care or GYN well-woman visit. If you have medical conditions that complicate your options for contraception, our complex contraception clinic can provide specialized expertise.
Menopause, defined as the period in time when the ovaries cease functioning and menstrual periods stop, is a normal phase of a woman's life that more than 4,000 women enter each day. UCSF Women's Health provides individual consultation for menopausal concerns, including symptoms such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness, as well as hormone replacement therapy.
Pap Smear - Abnormal
Pap smears are routinely performed by primary care and gynecologic providers. An abnormal pap smear may detect cervical dysplasia, a pre-cancerous typically caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Abnormal pap smears require follow-up with a gynecologist. Complex cases are often referred to the UCSF Gynecologic Dysplasia Clinic, which offers state-of-the-art care to women with dysplasia, including cervical dysplasia, genital warts and related conditions such as vulvar disease or pain.
The UCSF Center for Sexual Health offers education and treatment to women of all ages for sexual health concerns, including arousal disorder, effects of menopause and perimenopause, sexual dysfunction due to childbirth or physical trauma, low sexual desire, pain during sex, and vaginal dryness. Our director is an obstetrician and gynecologist widely recognized for her expertise in women's sexual health.
For over 20 years, the Women’s HIV Program at UCSF has provided compassionate, comprehensive and effective healthcare to women and girls living with HIV. Its leadership team comprise some of the nation’s foremost researchers and health policy leaders, advocating for a transformation of our healthcare system to one that is trauma-informed. Based on our experiences and research, HIV is symptomatic of a far larger problem – violence against women and girls. Our model of trauma-informed care helps women heal from and prevent trauma as a core part of their primary medical care.
At the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, we offer a dynamic approach to health, healing and prevention by integrating modern medicine with established health practices from around the world. Our patients spend an average of 90 minutes in their first visit with a doctor during which we assess your individual needs and listen to your concerns and goals for well-being.
Prenatal Genetic Screening
The Prenatal Diagnostic Center at UCSF provides comprehensive counseling, screening and diagnostic testing for fetal disorders. The decision to make use of these services is unique for each woman and her partner. Therefore, we are committed to providing information and support that will help patients make the choices that are right for them. Our practitioners bring a wealth of experience and expertise, having performed more than 40,000 amniocentesis and 17,000 chorionic villus sampling procedures over the last 35 years. In addition to providing the most advanced testing available today, the Prenatal Diagnostic Center is working to develop new and less invasive methods for the screening and diagnosis of genetic and chromosomal disorders.
Expert prenatal care ensures that both you and your baby are as healthy as possible throughout your pregnancy. During prenatal visits, your pregnancy provider performs tests on you and your baby to assess any potential risks, treat any complications, and monitors the growth and development of your baby. Many factors, including your own health and your provider’s preference, affect the number of prenatal visits you have. Visits are also a time for your provider to give you important information as your pregnancy progresses and help you prepare for birth.
The CenteringPregnancy Programs are offered at UCSF Women's Health and at Zuckerberg San Francisco General. CenteringPregnancy delivers prenatal care in a group of eight to 12 women or couples who have similar due dates. Groups are formed between 6 to 8 weeks of pregnancy and meet regularly during the pregnancy and through the postpartum period to discuss health concerns and expectations in a supportive setting. These groups promote better birth outcomes, more patient-provider contact, patient empowerment and learning, self-care, and support and friendship among group members.
EMBRACE: Group Prenatal Care for Black Families
What to expect
Group of 8-10 expectant mothers, 14 prenatal sessions and 1 postnatal session (1.5-2 hours each, spread out over your pregnancy), health education, social support and self-care activities.
Provider team includes an MD, a midwife, and a clinical social worker
Visit this page for an overview.
High Risk Care
Women who have medical difficulties related to their health or the health of their baby experience what is called a high-risk pregnancy. Though high-risk complications occur in only 6 percent to 8 percent of all pregnancies, they can be serious and require special care to ensure the best possible outcome. UCSF perinatologists (obstetricians with special training and board certification in high-risk pregnancy care) work to minimize complications and help you achieve the healthiest pregnancy possible
The Birth Center at UCSF Medical Center offers an ideal setting for a woman and her family to welcome a new member. Our team of obstetric providers, nurses, and support staff are committed to providing a comfortable, patient-centered birth experience. A virtual tour can be found here, or sign up here for regularly scheduled in-person group tours.
Breast milk is the ideal food for all babies for their first 6 months to first year of life. Breast milk contains substances that help fight infection and is especially beneficial for premature babies and infants with a strong family history of allergy. The Women's Health Resource Center, located at the Mt Zion campus, hosts multiple lactation programs that offer guidance and resources to new moms who choose to breastfeed.
The post-partum period presents many exciting challenges for new mothers and their partners. The Women's Health Resource Center at Mt Zion offers a variety of classes and support groups to new parents to prepare them to adjust to parenthood, and teaches skills such as breastfeeding and pumping.
The Women’s Health Primary Care practice at the Women’s Health Center is staffed by internists, family practitioners, and nurse practitioners with a special interest and expertise in caring for women. Our practice provides comprehensive care ranging from prevention to early diagnosis and management of chronic medical conditions, with an emphasis on education and patient participation. When needed, patients are referred to our network of specialty providers.
The UCSF Transgender Care Navigation Program works together with partner providers and clinics to support transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people seeking general healthcare or gender-affirming medical care at UCSF. We aim to improve the access to and quality of gender-affirming medical care, as well as general and specialty care, for transgender and gender nonconforming people at UCSF and beyond.