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5 Reasons To Get Your Next Annual Exam at Planned Parenthood

1. Your visit will be far from awkward.

It's no secret that most people would rather run into their ex at the grocery store than have an annual exam. We get that. But we’re here to make your annual check-up no big deal.  While these exams might be new for you, they aren’t for us – we’ve been providing them every day for 53 years! You can relax knowing you’ll receive expert care.  

2. You can be an open book, without any judgments at all.

Your annual exam is the perfect time to ask anything and everything — especially those questions you've been Googling! No matter how unusual you think your questions might be, odds are we’ve heard them before. So ask away! We’ve got you covered with factual info and never any judgments.

3. Your visit will be confidential. 

Planned Parenthood knows that even though staying up-to-date with your sexual health is incredibly important, it's not something everyone wants to shout from the rooftops. This means what you tell us, or the services you receive, will not be shared with anyone, unless we are required by law to do so. We can also help you if you have confidentiality concerns using your or your parent’s insurance. Ask about our special programs when making your appointment.  

4. No insurance? No income? No problem.

Planned Parenthood knows the importance of receiving high quality sexual health care services - no matter what your financial situation might be. We have several programs that can make your visit more affordable or in some cases free. Click here to learn more about our special programs and take a quick eligibility quiz.

5. Leave it to the experts.

Each year, more than 40,000 people from Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont come through our doors for care. Our doctors have the same medical training as primary care doctors, plus specialized education in women’s bodies. We are on the cutting edge of providing high quality health care for all.

Who needs an annual exam?

It is recommended that women begin having annual exams between the ages of 13 and 15, and every year after. The services you receive at this visit vary depending on your age and medical history.

Book your annual exam now.  Or call 1-866-476-1321, Monday-Friday, to book.

What happens during an annual exam?

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. 

21+ years old: Pelvic exam, Pap test, and breast examination. We may also recommend other services based on your age and your medical history.

Have breasts and/or a vagina but don't identify as a woman? It's still a good idea to have these kinds of check-ups. 

Book now. Or call 1-866-476-1321, Monday-Friday, to book.

I thought I only needed an annual exam every three years now?

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.

Find your nearest health center and book your annual exam. 

Who can go to Planned Parenthood?

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.

Book your annual exam or other health care services. Or call 1-866-476-1321, Monday-Friday, to book. 

Does Planned Parenthood accept insurance?

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. 

Are there any programs to help me pay for my visit?

Yes. We have several programs that can make your visit more affordable or in some cases free. Click here to learn more about our special programs and take a quick eligibility quiz. 

Full List of Services

  • Abortion - in-clinic or the abortion pill (select sites only)
  • Annual Exams
  • Birth control, including IUDs and implants
  • Cancer screenings for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer
  • Emergency Contraception ("morning after pill," or IUD)
  • Help quitting smoking
  • HIV testing and prevention, including PrEP and PEP
  • Immunizations for HPV and the Flu
  • Initial infertility work-up
  • Menopausal services
  • Miscarriage care
  • Pap tests and follow up services for abnormal results
  • Pelvic pain, bleeding or other reproductive health concerns
  • Preconception education and referrals 
  • Pregnancy testing and a discussion of options
  • Reproductive life planning and goal setting
  • STD testing and treatment
  • Trans-inclusive health care, including hormone therapy
  • Urinary tract and vaginal infection treatments

Find a health center and book an appointment. 

Recommended by 98% of Patients! 

Our patients consistently rank the care they receive as "excellent," and 98% of patients say they would recommend us to a friend or family member.  Book your appointment online or call 1-866-476-1376, Monday-Friday. 

Same Day and Next Day Appointments

We offer same day and next day appointments at many of our health centers, so you can get the care you need quickly. Some of our health centers also offer evening and weekend hours. We have 21 health centers across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Click here to find your nearest health center and book an appointment.  Or call 1-866-476-1321, Monday through Friday, to book. 

About Planned Parenthood of Northern New England

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.