Women’s Health – Pap Smears & Breast Exams
Can you remember the last time you had a women’s health screening? Chances are it’s time for another one. Be proactive about your health and increase your longevity by staying on top of necessary health care visits. At Randolph County Health Department, we offer a variety of Well Woman Services for those who are out-of-date with screenings and exams.
Our Well Woman Exam consists of:
- overall physical exam
- pelvic exam
- Pap smear (starting at age 21)
- breast exam
- STD testing
- birth control counseling
Even if you feel fine, these services can help you avoid future medical problems—or spot them early. More frequent screenings may be recommended based on your personal health history.
Pap smears are used to screen cervical cancer, and are usually done in conjunction with a pelvic exam. The procedure tests for the presence of precancerous or cancerous cells on the cervix, the opening of the uterus. During the procedure, cervix cells are gently scraped away and examined for abnormal changes. Most women feel a slight discomfort and irritation during the brief scraping. Doctors generally recommend repeating pap testing about every 3 years, especially for sexually active women ages 21-65.
A clinical breast exam refers to a physical done by a health care provider. Unlike mammogram screenings, clinical breast exams do not involve a low-dose x-ray. Instead, the exam typically requires a trained provider to carefully feel your breasts, underarm, and the area below your clavicle (or breast bone) for any abnormalities such as a lump. The examiner will usually visually check your breasts while you are sitting up, and physically examine them while you are lying down.
If you’re in need of OBGYN-related services, our clinic has a nurse practitioner that is completely devoted to working with women. We have special knowledge regarding women’s reproductive health, pregnancy, postpartum life, and menopause—and some patients may even qualify for free pricing. Though we are not a free clinic, our prices are substantially lower than most private doctor offices and we offer discounts based on your household income. RCHD does not have a physician on staff; however, we offer almost every service that an OBGYN can.
Confidential. No Parental Consent.
All information during appointments is kept confidential, and no parental consent is required to have an exam or begin a birth control method. Patients with scheduled appointments are helped first and are the only patients guaranteed to be seen; however, we are also able to serve some patients without an appointment.
Our clinic never withholds medical care or birth control based on inability to pay, so there’s no need to worry about paying before you are seen. The Chris Burger Cancer Foundation supports the program, and funding is available to qualifying patients.
Meet one of our Nurse Practitioners:
For information about hours, services, insurance, payment, general information and more, please visit our Primary Care page.