- Surgical and medication abortion
- All aspects of family planning with complete birth control services
- Pregnancy testing & options counseling
- Emergency Contraception
- Preventive health care, including gynecological exams
- Testing and treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
- Testing and counseling for HIV/AIDS
- Pap tests, with follow-up for abnormal tests
- Breast care and cancer screening
- Education and management of menopause and other mid-life changes, including hormone replacement therapy (Kansas clinics only)
- Referral for mammograms
Gynecological exams are recommended each year for women who are sexually active or who are over age 21. Our examinations are performed by an advanced nurse practitioner and may include a Pap test, a pelvic and breast exam, a blood pressure check and testing and treatment for vaginal and sexually transmitted infections. We can also screen for anemia, diabetes and cholesterol. We encourage you to talk with the nurse practitioner about any health concerns you might have or screenings you think might be necessary.
- Testicular Cancer Screening
- Referral for Vasectomy Services
- Referral for other health issues
- Testing and treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
- Testing and counseling for HIV/AIDS
Family Planning assures that all individuals have the freedom to make reproductive decisions. In order to enable the individual to make and implement a responsible decision, there should be access to information and services related to sexuality, reproduction, methods of contraception, fertility control and parenthood. Furthermore, Comprehensive Health asserts that both parenthood and non-parenthood are valid personal decisions.
Comprehensive Health offers a wide range of birth control options. To help you select the best method for you, it is important to examine the facts before you make a decision. Our clinicians can provide you with information on the following methods and help you decide which one is best for you.
- Birth Control Pills must be taken once a day at the same time of day for maximum effectiveness. Pills primarily work by preventing the release of the egg and thickening the cervical mucus to keep sperm from joining the egg.
- Depo-Provera is a hormone shot of progestin injected into your arm or buttock every 12 weeks. Like the Pill, it prevents the release of the egg, thickens cervical mucus to keep sperm from joining the egg and may prevent implantation in the uterus. Some women who cannot take the Pill can use Depo-Provera.
- Diaphragm is a shallow latex cup. Your clinician will fit you properly for a diaphragm and show you how to coat it with spermicide and place it in your vagina to kill sperm and/or prevent them from joining the egg.
- IUC (Intrauterine Contraception) is a small plastic device a clinician places in your uterus. The IUC contains copper or hormones that keeps the sperm from joining the egg and prevents implantation in the uterus.
- Spermicides are birth control options that are available over the counter. These include contraceptive foam, cream, jelly, film and suppository. These methods are all designed to kill sperm and keep them from joining the egg. The effectiveness depends on which product you use and on your using them properly. Be sure to follow the directions closely.
- Condom is one of the most common and inexpensive ways to prevent pregnancy AND Sexually Transmitted Infections, including HIV/AIDS. While condoms can be made of either latex or animal tissue, ONLY LATEX CONDOMS PREVENT DISEASE. Cover the penis before intercourse to keep the sperm from joining the egg.
- Female Condoms also prevent STIs as well as pregnancy. Sometimes called “vaginal pouches”, they are polyurethane sheaths with bendable rings at each end. The condom is inserted into the vagina and sperm are prevented from entering the cervix.
- Periodic Abstinence/Fertility Awareness Method involves charting your menstrual cycle and detecting certain physical signs to help you predict the days you are most fertile. A clinician can explain to you what signs to look for and how to chart them. Using this method, you would abstain from intercourse or use condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps or spermicides to prevent pregnancy.
- Ortho Evra® “the Patch”, as it is commonly referred to, is a new form of contraception. It is a thin, beige, plastic patch that sticks to the skin. It works to prevent pregnancy by keeping eggs from being released by the ovaries.
- Nuvaring® is a new form of contraception. It is a polyethylene vinyl acetate ring that is smaller than a diaphragm, which is easily inserted into the vagina. It works to prevent pregnancy by keeping eggs from being released by the ovaries.
- IMPLANON™ is a small, thin, implantable hormonal contraceptive that is effective for up to three years. It prevents pregnancy in several ways. The most important way is by stopping release of an egg from your ovary. It also changes the mucus in your cervix and this change may keep sperm from reaching the egg and changes the lining of your uterus.
Pregnancy & Contraception
Pregnancy Testing and Options Counseling:
Pregnancy testing is offered by appointment or on a walk-in basis. Our staff can counsel you on all the options of managing a pregnancy, including pre-natal care, adoption and abortion. Click here for more information on abortion services -www.comprehensivehealth.org.
Commonly called the “morning after pill”, Emergency Contraception (EC) is just that - contraception you can use on an emergency basis. If you have unprotected sex, have a condom that breaks during intercourse, forget to take your pill, or if you are the victim of sexual assault, emergency contraception can help.
EC can reduce the risk of pregnancy if started within 120 hours after unprotected vaginal intercourse. The sooner it's started, the better. EC reduces the risk of pregnancy by 75-89 percent when the first dose is taken within 72 hours. For more information on EC visit - www.plannedparenthood.org/ec.
Is Emergency Contraception (EC) the same as the abortion pill?
No, they are two different things. Also known as the “morning after pill”, emergency contraception (EC) can reduce the risk of pregnancy if started within 120 hours after unprotected vaginal intercourse. The sooner it's started, the better. EC reduces the risk of pregnancy by 75-89 percent when the first dose is taken within 72 hours. EC will not induce an abortion and should not be used if you are already pregnant.
The abortion pill is called mifepristone, the “early option pill.“ Mifepristone must be taken within 56 days from your last menstrual period. It is 95% effective in terminating a pregnancy and is a way to end pregnancy without surgery.
Currently, both EC and mifepristone require a prescription. More information on mifepristone can be found at - www.earlyoptionpill.com.
How do you use EC?
The FDA-approved EC pill called Plan B® (progestin only) is actually two hormone pills taken 12 hours apart. It prevents pregnancy if a woman takes the first dose within 120 hours of having unprotected sex. The sooner it's started, the better. EC reduces the risk of pregnancy by 75-89 percent when the first dose is taken within 72 hours.
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) - Testing & Treatment
Comprehensive Health can provide testing, treatment and education for sexually transmitted infections, including all of the following:
- Trichomoniasis, also known as “trich”, is a common vaginal infection that can be cured with an antibiotic. Caused by a one-celled organism, “trich” causes vaginal itching, redness, and a yellow-green discharge. It can cause pain or discomfort during intercourse or urination and can increase the risk of HIV.
- Chlamydia is the name of the most common bacterial STI in the U.S. It is the leading cause of infertility problems in women. Often, symptoms do not appear, or disappear quickly, making a regular STI screening the best means of diagnosing chlamydia. However, chlamydia is treated easily with a visit to a health center and antibiotics.
- Gonorrhea is caused by a bacterium that thrives in moist, warm areas of the body. These areas include the genitals, reproductive tract, rectum and throat. Like chlamydia, the symptoms can be hard to detect, but a clinician can diagnose the infection and treat it with antibiotics.
- Hepatitis B is a virus that causes chronic inflammation of the liver. Again, if you have this virus, you might not experience any symptoms. However, if you have flu-like symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and muscle fatigue, along with a yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice) and dark urine or light stools, you might be infected. This infection does not have much of a treatment. Many sufferers are not able to take the medicine usually prescribed, and there is a chance that, despite treatment, you will not be able to clear the virus in a few months time. If this is the case, the condition is considered chronic and you most likely will have occasional bouts the rest of your life. The good news is that this can be prevented with a vaccine.
- HPV or the human papilloma virus is the virus that causes warts, including genital warts. Genital warts are characterized by flesh-colored cauliflower bumps on the penis, vulva, anus, mouth or vagina. They are soft to the touch, cluster in masses, and often itch. We offer chemical removal and prescription options for treatment. Even with treatment, the warts may grow back. Like chlamydia and gonorrhea, though, you can still have HPV and not experience any symptoms. They can also be a warning sign that certain strains of HPV associated with cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina and penis could be present.
- Syphilis is caused by a bacterium that can spread through sexual contact or from a woman to her baby during pregnancy. Sores and rashes occur anywhere on the skin, mouth or genitals. An infection goes through several stages, which get progressively more dangerous. Syphilis won't cure itself, so while it no longer has to be the life threatening disease it once was, it is important to have a clinician diagnose and treat it properly with penicillin and other antibiotics.
- Herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus. A “primary outbreak” of herpes consists of blisters and open sores that itch, hurt and cause a burning sensation during urination. Other symptoms are flu-like, including achiness, fatigue, headache, fever, chills, and swollen glands in the groin. But again, like other STIs, you can have herpes and not exhibit any symptoms. There is no cure, but medications can now reduce the number of outbreaks and the pain a person experiences.
Comprehensive Health also offers testing and counseling for HIV, the virus that causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). AIDS is the final stage of a series of illnesses and conditions caused by HIV. You can't get HIV from casual contact like hugging and kissing, or if someone coughs or sneezes. You can’t get it from mosquitoes. You get it through exchange of body fluids, so having unprotected sex and sharing sharp objects like needles or syringes, and even razors, can expose you to HIV.
Testing is available at Comprehensive Health. If you are diagnosed with HIV, our clinicians can refer you to resources that will help you manage the illness.