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Saffron Raymie
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I live in England and have actually never been to America. However, it seems like going to have a yearly check up seems like something that's done the US and not over here. I mentioned it to some women and they didn't even know we had specialised healthcare. Do you have any information on Womens Healthcare in England? Is it underfunded? Or is it like yours? (I know the US is a massive place and I'm generalising). How can I have yearly checks and taker care of myself in the best way?

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Okay, my last experience with the NHS was in 1996. My knowledge may be somewhat out of date.

WHen I was living in Sussex, I was able to make an appointment with a nurse practitioner at the campus clinic to get a pap smear, have a diaphragm fitted, get birth control pills, and confirm that the funky itching I was experiencing was thrush and not something scary. That clinic wasn't specifically dedicated to women's healthcare, but they dealt with it a lot and they had staff that specialized. I would expect any community clinic to be similar.

Standards on how often women should have pap smears and pelvic exams vary from country to country. Some places say annually, some say every three years, and obviously if there's an indication that you need one (like you suspect you've been exposed to HPV, you're pregnant, or you've noticed something strange), you shouldn't wait to get checked out.

Do you have a doctor that you see when you're sick or for school check ups and booster shots and things? If so, ask that doctor how you go about getting a smear test, and how often you should have one.

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