Women's Health

What to Expect: Well Woman Visit

The Source

November 09, 2018

What to Expect: Well Woman Visit

If you are coming to a Source center for a well woman exam, you may have some questions about what exactly will happen during the appointment. Keep reading to get a general idea of what your well woman appointment will be like to help you feel more comfortable and prepared.

It is important that you schedule regular well woman exams if you have been sexually active at all, but you can also schedule one if you want more information about how your body works, about STDs/STIs, the menstrual cycle, or pregnancy.

When you get to your Source center, we will first ask for your photo ID so we can confirm that you have an appointment with us. Then we will ask you to fill out some forms with your basic personal and health information so we can provide you with the proper resources and care to meet your specific needs. We will also ask you to sign a consent form to receive our services and a notice of privacy practices; feel free to ask any questions about this paperwork.

After you’ve filled out a few forms, our staff will set up a urine pregnancy test for you. Our standard of care is to run a pregnancy test for all of our clients so that, in the event the test is positive, we can help you understand your options and available resources as soon as possible.

When you’re finished, a staff member will show you to a medical exam room and check your weight and vital signs. You will also be asked for some general health information like why you made an appointment with us, any medications you’re taking, family history of certain diseases, or your drug/alcohol use. All of this information helps us understand your specific health condition, so we can provide the best possible care.

Your medical provider will start the exam by asking questions to check your body’s systems (like your digestive system and muscle system). Then she will give you the results of your pregnancy test and assess your need for an STD test. Feel free to bring up any questions or concerns you have at this time. We want you to understand what’s going on and feel as comfortable as possible during your appointment. Next, the medical provider will conduct a general physical examination and a vaginal exam and may conduct an STD test if necessary. When the testing is finished, you will be given directions for follow-up and other helpful information. Our staff may tell you about a recommended medication, give you information about birth control methods, or provide referrals for a mammogram or other medical services based on your specific situation.

Part of our mission at The Source for Women is to meet all of your needs, not just provide medical care. At this point in your appointment, you will have an opportunity to meet with a program coordinator who has access to our wide network of resources. If you need recommendations for a good primary care doctor, employment or housing assistance, personal or relationship counseling, or assistance applying for Medicaid, your program coordinator can provide you with resources to meet all those needs and more. You will also have the option to meet with a spiritual mentor who can pray with you, discuss matters of faith, and help you find answers to questions. Many of our clients really appreciate getting to talk to our spiritual mentors. We encourage you to take this opportunity but don’t want you to feel pressured. It’s your choice to meet with a spiritual mentor or not, and we will provide you with the same care either way.

At the end of your visit, your program coordinator will make sure you have any referrals you requested and are scheduled for any further appointments you need at The Source for Women. At any point, if you have a question or a need, feel free to ask one of our staff members or volunteers. We are here for you and want you to feel as comfortable and informed as possible when you come to our centers!