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.
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 for
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
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.