New York –As part of National Women’s Health Week (May 12-18), Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) released a new video today in an effort to promote well-woman exams to help women remain healthy by getting preventive checkups, including breast cancer screenings and, if recommended, a Pap test.
Early detection saves lives. The animated video explains what to expect at a well-woman exam and addresses any concerns women may have that keep them from getting the preventive care they need.
“At Planned Parenthood, we know firsthand the importance of regular checkups in protecting women’s health and preventing serious health issues,” said Deborah Nucatola, MD, PPFA Senior Director of Medical Services.
“But some women may be nervous about personal questions and the exams, themselves,” she said. “The video explains that it’s perfectly OK to be nervous and that at Planned Parenthood we understand. We also keep your information completely confidential. Well-woman exams are how we work together to keep you healthy.”
Planned Parenthood health centers offer a wide range of preventive health services, including lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, breast health services, the HPV vaccine, and sexual health information and education. Last year alone, Planned Parenthood performed 585,000 Pap tests, 640,000 lifesaving breast exams, and nearly 4.5 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.
Planned Parenthood also offers online tools that can help people start a conversation with providers about health care: The Check can help users figure out whether to get tested for STDs and My Method can prepare women for a conversation with their providers about the most appropriate and best birth control option for them.
People can visit plannedparenthood.org to find their closest health center and schedule a wellness exam.
Under the Affordable Care Act, women’s preventive health will be covered without co-pays. Already, some women who have insurance are receiving birth control without co-pays, and more will receive the benefit as it kicks in across more health plans. In addition, uninsured women will be able to begin enrolling in health coverage plans starting October 1. For more information on the Affordable Care Act benefits and eligibility for coverage, go to healthcare.gov.
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With more than 700 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America media office: 212-261-4433
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