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fadedxbeauty
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I made an appointment for tomorrow with Planned Parenthood to go on birth control. My questions is what am I going to expect when I go there? Are they going to have to give me a pap smear & all that stuff? I'm just trying to be prepared as possible.
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Heather
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If they can, it'd be smart to do all of that, especially if you're over 18 OR have already been sexually active. It's not a punishment or something awful: it's about safeguarding your health. Since you're already at the office, skipping that to only have to come back again soon and do that is just inconvenient.

So, if you can get that done, what will likely happen is that they'll first just talk to you, take a health history, then have a consultation with you to find out what birth control method is going to be best for you. Then they can give you that exam -- and if you have been sexually active, ask for your STI screens, too -- and then, with a prescription in hand for whatever is best for you, and you making whatever payment you'll owe, you're outta there.

For more on what to expect at a first exam: Your First Gynecologist Visit.

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fadedxbeauty
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Okay here's another question. 5 hours after I set up my appointment, & 2 days early, my period came. Is this going to be a problem at all? Should I just cancel my appointment & wait till next week?
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Heather
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Will you still have it in full-force when you go?

If so, yeah, you might want to reschedule. If it's NOT a big haul for you, though, and you can schedule a pelvic exam and pap smear for another time (I'd just call and ask about that), then there's no harm in going. And if it's birth control pills you're looking into and think you'll be a good match for them per health history, then going tomorrow might be ideal because you could still do a Sunday start, then.

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Funny story, actually -- my period started DURING my first gyno visit, and I was there because it was irregular! We laughed it off and she wrote my prescription for HBC [Smile]
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