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Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) encourages women to make an appointment for a check-up at one of our 11 health centers and take advantage of the affordable preventative care and screenings that are so vital to the preservation of female reproductive health.

At PPHP we understand the importance of check-ups in preventing more serious health issues.  Regular exams and health screenings can rule out or detect life-threatening diseases such as breast and cervical cancers and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV.  Early detection and treatment of these diseases can prevent infertility and save lives.

Access to contraception is an important factor affecting women’s health.  Planned Parenthood prevents over 612,000 unplanned pregnancies each year, more than any other organization. PPHP health centers offer free birth control, STD testing and exams to individuals who financially qualify though our Family Planning Benefit Program:

Prenatal care also is vital to the health of expectant mothers.  Many PPHP clinics offer prenatal services and, if desired, adoption referral for mothers-to-be.

In addition to life-saving cancer screenings, birth control, prevention and treatment of STDs, and prenatal care, PPHP offers a wide range of services, including wellness exams, pap tests, pregnancy testing, emergency contraception, HPV vaccines, breast health services, and sexual health education, information, and counseling.

For more information or to schedule an appointment at a Planned Parenthood health center near you, visit or call 1-800-230-PLAN (7526). 

Try Planned Parenthood’s online tools that can help you start a conversation with your provider about your health: 

The Check can help you figure out if you should get tested for STDs.

My Method is an interactive guide regarding your best birth control options.

Am I Pregnant will help you determine if you’re pregnant.


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In addition to preventive check-ups, PPHP encourages women to take basic steps to improve their physical and mental health by asking themselves:

·         Am I eating healthy – including plenty of folic acid, calcium, and vitamins C and D – and staying hydrated?

·         Am I getting enough exercise?

·         Am I getting enough sleep?

·         Am I avoiding unhealthy behaviors like smoking?

·         Am I paying attention to my mental health, including stress management and the health of my relationships?

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