June 20, 2011 6:24 AM Subscribe
Help me get my reproductive/sexual health in order.
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Okay, so I'm a 23 year old female, have never been to the gynecologist or done any of the things that you might do there (pap smear, any kind of exam, any kind of STD testing).
So I know that I'm long overdue for a general gyno visit and that's definitely on the list.
I have had one sexual partner, at age 22, almost exactly a year ago. I never got tested for STDs, but I would say said partner was probably a pretty high risk choice (both because he'd had a ton of partners and I doubt he ever got std tested), so I'd meant to get tested and I'm sure it wouldn't have been a bad idea. I only had penetrative sex with him once, using a condom, and oral (not protected) a handful of times, so I'm probably not at too big of a risk, but I'm guessing some kind of STD test would still be a good idea. (?)
And finally, I'm thinking that getting on some kind of birth control would be a good idea, because I'd like to have a little more sex in here than I have been and babies, while delightful, are terrifying from a personal standpoint.
So, my question is: what is the cheapest/easiest way to get all this done? I don't have a lot of money and I have health insurance that only covers me in the case of the world ending, so budget-friendly options are important. I'm currently in the rural midwest, so I don't have a ton of options right now, but I'll probably be moving to some kind of city within the next few months. What are my options for places that would do all of those things? Would a clinic of some sort do all of this? How do I go about finding one? Or should I make an appointment with a gynecologist-- that would be more expensive, right? Unfortunately I didn't get my act together to do this while I was a student and could use campus services, so that's not an option.
Is there anything else I should be thinking about? I feel like this is probably a lot simpler than it seems and I've just been psyching myself out about it. Help me take the plunge.