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PATIENT INFORMATION

We accept many private insurances, some Medicaid plans, and have affordable cash options available. Please contact the office in you have any questions. 

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ABOUT YOUR VISIT
Preparation for your appointment

Please present to your appointment with the first date of your last menstrual period, a list of your past medical conditions/procedures, and a list of your medications. Please have your ID and insurance cards (if applicable). If you would like to request a copy of new patient paperwork prior to visit please contact the office, if not, please arrive to your appointment at least 15 minutes prior to appointment to complete paperwork.  

You should not ever feel embarrassed about a womens health concern. Most young women have their first appointments during the early stages of puberty. Both younger women and older women who experience anxiety before and during visits should consider taking steps to relax before their appointments. You can try listening to music or bringing a book with you. This gives you time to read and relax before your exam. You are welcome to bring a loved one with you. Although they must stay in the waiting room during the exam, they can provide some support. Take a deep breath because we will do our best to ensure you are comfortable during the entire visit. Do not be afraid to voice your concerns and no questions are off limits.  

Common Questions

 

What can I expect during a Well Woman exam?

At Vitality Health and Wellness for Women, the focus is on prevention, early detection, and education. Your exam may include:

  • A pelvic exam

  • A breast exam

  • Testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), if applicable

  • A Pap smear, if applicable

  • A physical exam

  • Review of your health history

  • Cervical cancer screenings

During your Well Woman exam, you can also talk about any concerns you may have with your nurse practitioner. This is also a good time to discuss birth control options and any questions you may have about your health, periods, or general wellness. You can also discuss weight loss, bladder issues, low sex drive, and more.

How often do I need a Pap test?

Typically, at the age of 21, you should start having Pap tests (Pap smears) to check for early signs of cervical cancer. During a Pap test, your provider collects a small sample of cells from your cervix.

Generally, you should have a Pap test every three years from the ages of 21-65. However, if you’re 30 or older, you can consider getting a Pap smear every five years if you combine the procedure with a human papillomavirus (HPV) test, as well. After age 65, if your test results have been normal over the years and you’re not at risk, you can stop getting Pap smears, but you should still get a pelvic exam. Regardless of age, if you have certain risk factors, your nurse practitioner may recommend more frequent Pap tests.

Even if you don’t need a Pap test, you should still schedule an annual exam, especially if you’re sexually active.

When should I have my first Well Woman exam?

Ideally, young women should have their first well woman exam when they’re 13-15 years old. You won’t need a pelvic exam at your first visit, but you can talk about concerns you have. An annual exam could save you from potential health complications and help you develop good overall health habits. To schedule a Well Woman exam for yourself or your daughter, call to schedule an appointment.

What if i need a visit but i'm not due for an annual exam?

We would be happy to see you. We treat many common womens health conditions like vaginal yeast infections, vaginal discharge, vaginal odor, STD exposure, irregular periods, urinary tract infections, mild bladder leaking, PCOS, pelvic pain, menstrual cramps and lots more. 

Do you accept pregnant patients?

No, we do not. If you are already a patient, we can provide you with preconception counseling and pregnancy confirmation. In the event, you become pregnant, we have a close working relationship with many of the OBGYNs in the area and will provide you with a referral for obstetric care. 

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