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A well-woman visit is usually pretty straightforward — it’s not a test that you pass or fail. But there are a few things you can do to feel more prepared for it.

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Where can I go for a well-woman visit?

You can go to your local Planned Parenthood health center, a health clinic, or your private doctor. You can often see a regular doctor for well-woman visits, or you can see a gynecologist who specializes in women’s health.

How much does a well-woman visit cost?

Well-woman visits are a key part of preventive care. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, (AKA Obamacare), as long as you have health insurance, all of your preventive care should be covered at no cost to you.

If you don’t have insurance, the costs can vary. Your nearest Planned Parenthood health center can talk with you about your payment options. Many people qualify for free or low-cost well-woman exams at Planned Parenthood health centers.

How should I prepare for my well-woman visit?

You don’t need to do much to get ready for a well-woman visit. But here are some tips to make your well-woman visit go as smoothly as possible.

  • Go on a day when you don’t have your period, or it’s at least fairly light — unless you have a bleeding problem that your doctor or nurse wants to see.

  • Make a list of the questions you want to ask your doctor or nurse. Write them down so that it’s easier to remember them during your appointment.

  • Ask if you can have a friend or parent in the room with you if that would make you feel more comfortable.

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