Let's face it — no one looks forward to their annual exam (also called a "well person check-up.") But it is a vital piece of taking care of your sexual and reproductive health care. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) has been providing annual exams for 53 years, and we're here to make your visit as comfortable as possible.Book your appointment online or call 1-866-476-1321, Monday-Friday, to book.
The services you receive at your annual exam vary depending on your history and age:
15-17 years old: We'll provide you with a regular physical exam and will check your height, weight, and blood pressure. We'll discuss any sexual or reproductive health questions you might have. This could include concerns about your period, especially if you're experiencing painful, irregular, or heavy bleeding. You also may want the HPV vaccine.
As soon as you become sexually active (vaginal, anal, or oral sex): A physical exam, plus a conversation about birth control and STD testing. We can answer any questions you have, prescribe birth control, or provide STD testing.
You may be thinking of a Pap test, which is an important part of an annual exam, but is not the entire exam. Pap tests looks for precancerous cells. It's recommended you get one of these tests every 3 years if you are 21-29 years old and have no symptoms, or every 5 years if you are 30-65 and have no symptoms. If you have had symptoms, your doctor may suggest a different frequency of testing or additional testing.
An annual exam may include a Pap test depending on you and your age, but it may also include a pelvic exam, breast exam, STD testing, blood pressure check, taking your height and weight, a conversation about birth control, and anything else related to your sexual health.
When it comes annual exams, it is recommended all women receive one each year.
You can. Planned Parenthood is for everyone. From a teen who has questions about birth control, to a 38-year-old man who needs STD testing, to a woman in her late 50's who wants an annual exam, to a transman who is interested in starting hormone therapy — we see and welcome all.
Yes. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England welcomes most major insurances. These include but aren't limited to Anthem, Blue Cross, Cigna, MaineCare, MVP, Medicaid and Medicare. We can also courtesy bill any payer we are not contracted with, with the exception of TriCare.
Your annual exam should be covered at no cost under most insurance plans.
Did you know using your insurance at Planned Parenthood is a way to pay it forward? By choosing to bill your insurance, you're helping PPNNE provide care for patients who can't afford their services.
Your annual exam is the perfect time to ask questions. Our non-judgmental staff are here to listen and answer your questions. So instead of Googling and getting unreliable info, ask our expert staff! Book your appointment online or call 1-866-476-1376, Monday-Friday.
We are the region's largest provider of reproductive and sexual health care services. We have 21 health centers across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, and provide care to more than 40,000 people per year.