Question: I got married 2 months ago. Ever since my husband and i started having sex then it’s been very painful. My best friend got married last year and told me she it hurts for awhile but after a month or so it should stop hurting, but it still does every time. I know it’s important to be wet enough, and if not to use lube, so we do all the time. But the pain is always there. Both of us were virgins before this so I think its very safe to say neither of us have any type of STD.
My question is why is it like this? Will it always be like this? Is there something wrong with me?
Answer: If these are the symptoms you are experiencing, I would encourage you to call and schedule a pelvic exam, either at Family Planning (440-352-0608) or with your regular gynecologist.
Question: I got my IUD inserted by your office January 2010, I want to get it removed asap.. do I have to make an appt with your office to do that and if so, how soon could I get in?
Answer: Please call the office 352-0608 to schedule an appointment to get it removed. If you are experiencing severe pain, please go to the emergency room immediately.
Question: I’d like to know exactly what happens when you go in for a pregnancy test. Ex) Is it a blood or urine test? Do you have to get a pelvic exam? Cost? Anything else you know of?
Answer: When someone comes in for a pregnancy test, the social worker on staff meets with the patient. Pregnancy tests here at FPA are urine tests that take 3 minutes for the results. When the social worker has the result of the test, she meets with the patient to discuss the result and all options if the patient is pregnant, and discusses birth control and STI/HIV testing if the patient is not pregnant. Pelvic exams are usually not part of a pregnancy test appointment. The cost will be based on the the patient’s income, and where she falls on our sliding fee scale. Please call 440-352-0608 for more information.
Question: I need to make an appointment to start different birth control pills but every time I call the Ashtabula number, it just rings and rings and no one answers. How can I go about scheduling an appointment to get started?
Answer: They should be there at the Ashtabula Office Monday-Friday. One Wednesday every month they are in Andover, and there is only 1 person working in Ashtabula, so it might be harder to get through on that day. On some Mondays, and every Thursday, they are not open until 11 am, so that might be why you can’t get through as well. Here is the number: 440-992-5953. Sometimes they get multiple calls at one time, so keep trying to call if you don’t get through the first or second time.
Question: Hi…I was wondering what an appointment is like if someone wants to start birth control. I know a pap test isn’t mandatory if you’re not 21…but is a full physical needed?
Answer: You are correct, a pap test is no longer required for someone to start birth control. The patient will remove their clothing and wear a gown, and the nurse will check the heart and lungs, and will do a visual check to make sure there are no abnormal symptoms. If you have any more questions about the process, please call us at 440-352-0608.
“What all happens at birth control appointment? I called the Painesville location and they said a regular exam without the pap test..but what exactly will they do? I”d really rather not get a pelivc exam i have no problem with a breast exam though.”
A: At the Family Planning Association, if a person is under the age of 21, they will not need to have a pelvic exam unless they are showing symptoms of an infection. If no symptoms are present, the nurse practitioner will do a visual exam.
“Do i need an apointment at my local family planning place to get a doctor to look at what might be a std. Or do i just show up?”
A: Yes, we do have walk-in Teen Clinics. Depending on which Family Planning location you go to, they are every other Monday. If you are showing symptoms of an STD, we recommend making an appointment to get in sooner.
“Do you have to call ahead of time to get checked for herpes or any disease? Also if you are infected with herpes do they show signs that you have it?”
A: To get tested for STI’s, you will need to call and schedule an appointment. When a person is infected with herpes, the person may or may not show visible symptoms.
“I do not heave health insurance. I am married and my husband is leaving for Iraq in January or shortly thereafter. We want to go off my pills and see what happens, but I am on other medication that I am afraid would harm an embryo. Do you know of anywhere that I can go to consult a dr. before I might get pregnant? I have endometriosis and I have never been off of birth control so I’m fairly sure nothing will happen right away but I would have liked to talk to a Dr. first. We recently moved up here and my former Drs are all 3 hours away. Thanks.”
A: You could make an appointment with one of the nurse practitioners that the Family Planning Association to discuss your medical situation and the possibility of becoming pregnant. We operate on a sliding fee scale, so our fees are based on income and family size. Please be aware it is possible to become pregnant as soon as you stop taking pills, even if you have been taking them for a long time