What to Expect During a Family Planning Appointment

The family planning clinic of the Western UP Health Department is open to female and male clients of all ages and income levels. The clinic provides confidential services for clients, including reproductive education, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, female reproductive health exams, and birth control methods.

Prior to Your Appointment
First, you’ll spend a few minutes with a member of our staff to complete consent forms and to answer a few questions about you, such as income and contact information. Because services are confidential, it’s important that we know if and how we may contact you, so your privacy is maintained.

Next, you’ll spend 20-30 minutes with one of our family planning nurses. The nurse will ask you questions about your health history, medications & allergies, family medical history, relationships, and social history (including questions about tobacco and alcohol use).

During the Exam:

If you’re under age 21, your exam will include:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Blood pressure
  • Urine test
  • Counseling to determine what type of birth control is right for you
  • Reproductive health counseling
  • Birth control method/device
  • Referrals as needed

If you’re over age 21, your exam will include:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Blood pressure
  • Urine test
  • Breast Exam
  • Pap Smear (every 3 years, or as needed for abnormal results)
  • Counseling to determine what type of birth control is right for you
  • Reproductive health counseling
  • Birth control method/device
  • Referrals as needed

After your examination, the nurse practitioner will discuss any problems found during the history and physical exam. If any treatment or follow up are required, you will be provided information and instructions on next steps. Your reproductive health is important to us, so if you have any questions, please be sure to ask.

If tests such as a Pap smear or swab were done, the results are usually available from the health department’s nursing staff within a week.