Well Woman Visits
If you are interested in starting a birth control method the APRNs here at the Health & Wellness Center do require you to have what we call a Well Woman Exam. The Well Woman exam allows the APRNs to assess for any issues that could be worsened by starting a birth control method. For more information about what to expect from your Well Woman Visit, please view this presentation.
What the Well Woman Exam consists of:
A clinical breast exam (CBE):
This is palpation of the breast tissue and a visual check of your breast to check fo any changes or abnormalities. Clinical breast exams aid in early breast cancer detection and should be done yearly.
A pelvic exam:
This includes an external exam of the genital area, a speculum exam of the vaginal canal and cervix, and a bimanual(two hands) exam to check your uterus and ovaries.
If you are 21 or older a Pap Test:
This is done during the speculum exam of the pelvic exam. A sample of cells is taken from the cervix with a soft painless brush and sent to the lab to screen for cervical cancer.
Screening for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia:
This may be done with a urine sample, vaginal swab, or if a pap test is performed it will be screened with the pap test sample.
We have brochures available at the Health and Wellness Center for more detailed information and you can also call to speak with a nurse, make an appointment just for birth control consultation, or go to our “Ask a Nurse” feature on our website.
Even if you are not interested in a birth control method, a yearly Well Woman exam is highly recommended and encouraged. The well woman visit is provided at an additional charge to the student for the necessary labs including the pap and pregnancy test. See https://www.atu.edu/hwc/faqs.php for the current health and wellness lab charges.