Appointments are available Tuesday afternoons by calling 330-263-2319.
- Well women check-ups (annual Pap and Breast Exams) with gynecologist or nurse practitioner. See “more information” below.
- Concern with periods (heavy bleeding, irregularity, or no period).
- Consultations about contraceptives.
- Prescriptions for contraceptives (some can be purchased at the Wellness Center).
- Contraceptive injections given by prescription.
- Consultations, referrals as needed regarding other female issues.
- Testing for STD’s.
- Emergency contraceptive pill.
- Condoms and dental dams are also available.
- Additionally, the nursing staff is available to meet with individuals or groups of students to discuss gynecological issues and answer any questions. Call 330-263-2319 to schedule an appointment or meeting about Women’s Health.
It is recommended yearly to have a female exam. The exam is based on your medical history and your age. As part of this important yearly exam a doctor or nurse practitioner will assess a woman’s reproductive organs along with part of your regular checkup. They will let you know if the exam revealed anything unusual, any next steps or follow up that may be needed and lab tests that might be indicated.
The exam does not take long, perhaps 15 minutes. Your exam will include the nurse taking your blood pressure and recording your height and weight. Your doctor or nurse practitioner may listen to your heart and lungs or perform a breast exam. Depending on your age and medical history, or if you are having any symptoms such as unusual vaginal discharge or pelvic pain, your health care provider may recommend a pelvic exam or additional labs.
Preparing for an exam
You do not need to do anything special to prepare before the exam but it may be helpful to make an appointment on a day you do not have your period or refrain from sexual intercourse a few days prior to the exam for better lab results but it is not required. To assist your health care provider with your needs, if possible, have prior gynecology records faxed to the wellness center before your appointment. The fax is 330-263-2369. Have a list of questions you may want answered and the names of your current medications. Bring any insurance information with you to your appointment.
When you arrive for your appointment you will be asked to fill out a medical history form and list of any questions or concerns. The information you provide gives the health care provider a “snapshot” of your current health status and helps them make appropriate medical recommendations specific to you.
What to expect during an exam
You will be asked to change into a gown and given a sheet to wrap around your waist for privacy. Both the gown and the sheet should be open to the front. If indicated, your health care provider would at this point perform a breast exam.
The pelvic exam takes about 10 minutes. The doctor or nurse practitioner can check your bladder, vulva, vagina, cervix, uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and rectum.
After talking with the doctor or nurse practitioner you will be asked to lie back on the examining table with your knees bent and your feet placed in supports called stirrups. They will then ask you to slide towards the end of the table and let your knees fall open so the genital area is easier to see. You can expect to feel a little discomfort, but you should not feel pain.
- External check. Your health care provider will visually check for external redness, sores, swelling or other abnormalities.
- Internal check. Because your pelvic organs can’t be seen, the health care provider will need to feel (palpate) your abdomen and pelvis. The health care provider will place one or two lubricated, gloved fingers inside the vagina and press down on the area she is feeling. They are checking the sizes and shapes of internal organs.
Sometimes if indicated, the doctor or nurse practitioner may perform a rectal exam to detect any tumors or other abnormalities.
Using a speculum, the doctor or nurse practitioner can check the vagina and cervix internally. The speculum is a device made of plastic or metal that is inserted into the vagina. It opens so that the vagina and cervix can be seen. The speculum can cause pressure that can be uncomfortable for some women. Relax as much as possible to ease discomfort but let the doctor know if you are experiencing pain.
What tests might be taken during a pelvic exam?
If your pelvic exam includes a PAP test, your doctor or nurse practitioner will collect a sample of your cervical cells before removing the speculum. The PAP test is generally recommended for women over age 21 to screen for cells that may lead to cervical cancer. Cervical cancer can be cured if it is found early. The cell sample is placed in solution and sent to the lab where it is examined. It takes approximately 5-10 days for results.
A sample of fluid may also be taken from the vagina to screen for infection and sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s).
After a pelvic exam
After the pelvic exam is over, you can get dressed and the doctor or nurse practitioner will discuss their results and let you know if you should return for follow up and recommend how frequently you need to be examined. Generally gynecology exams are done yearly.
If you need a follow-up appointment you may want to schedule this with the nurse or front desk.
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