Birth Control Without Pelvic Exam

To assist you in avoiding unintended pregnancy, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah (PPAU) offers you the opportunity to get haromal birth control without first having a pelvic exam. This is not the same thing as emergency contraception, which is used after a single act of unprotected intercourse. This is your opportunity to plan ahead and use birth control.

The H.O.P.E. Program

Planned Parenthood may be able to prescribe a month's worth of hormonal birth control (like the Pill) without requiring a complete physical exam. We call this program H.O.P.E. (hormones with optional pelvic exam). It is only available for women who meet certain qualifications.

To qualify you must not have:

> certain conditions that make it inadvisable to use the hormonal method,
> symptoms of cancer of the reproductive organs or an abnormal Pap test that is not being followed by another health care provider, or
> cander of the breast of reproductive organs.

What is needed?

We will take your blood pressure, weight, and a short history. This should identify any increased risks related to hormonal methods. A further medical evaluation that does not include a physical exam may also be required.

Before using a hormonal birth control method, you will need to know the possible advantages, disadvantages, risks and warning signs to watch for. We will list them for you and provide you with any manufacturer's information for the specific product. We will also answer any questions you may have. In addition, we will give you similar information for other methods of birth control (other than hormonal methods) and encourage you ask us questions about your birth control options.

We will encourage you to have an annual physical exam within one month.

If you qualify for the H.O.P.E. program, we will encourage you to schedule a full physical examination as soon as possible. It will help you stay healthy, preserve your ability to have children when you want them, and possibly save your life by early detection of cancer or pre-cancerous conditions.

Having an annual exam is very important.

We strongly encourage annual exams for general health screening - especially to screen for:

> Sexually Transmitted Infections. You can't always tell if you have an infection, and, if left untreated, long term effects from infections can be serious, even leading to sterility.
> Early Signs of Cancer of the Cervix. You need to have a Pap test once a year or as advised by your medical provider to screen for cervical cancer.
> Early Signs of Breast Cancer. You need to schedule breast exams at least once a year in order to catch any possible breast cancer as early as possible.

Annual Physical Exams Can Save Your Life!

This document is for informational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.


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