Saturday, December 8, 2007

Planned Parenthood

**My male readers might want to run and hide from this post, but it's not that bad.**

Planned Parenthood. Just the name alone makes me think of an old dusty room packed with teenagers, pregnant teenagers. But when I stepped off of the elevators, that's not what I found at all. The place was nice and clean; there were females (and males) of all ages. I even saw a cute young couple who were there to get HIV tested together (smart girl, I thought). I only went there to get my annual exam and HIV test because one of my friends told me it was cheap for students. And it was. Yay!

Let me just tell you, I'm not a fan of being naked on a cot, feet in stirrups, with all my business out there for some strange person to inspect. In fact, I've been going to the same gynecologist in Mississippi since I was 17. He knows I laugh during the breast exam because I'm ticklish; he knows that my cervix is tilted (oh the horror stories I have with other doctors trying to get that damn cervix). But I have to say, my experience at Planned Parenthood was THE BEST exam I've ever had.

The wait was horrible, though. I waited an hour and 15 minutes in the waiting room and another 30 minutes one I got into the room. But when the nurse practitioner came in, we talked, mostly about the history of breast cancer in my family. During the breast exam, we talked (and I didn't laugh), while she tried to get the right angle to find my cervix (didn't take her long), we talked, during the pelvic exam, we talked. And I didn't mind. In fact, it was great, and before I knew it, it was over.

In the end, I only paid a little over 75 bucks for a flawless annual exam, 3 months BC, and an HIV test. Score! So, if you're a full time student, like myself, I highly recommend the downtown Atlanta Planned Parenthood for your next annual exam. Plan to be there for at least 3 or 4 hours though. teehee.


angie said...

get there right when they open. it sucks having to wake up, but saves all that time.

MissPrettyncurvy said...

Wow, that's a long time to wait! Glad you had a good experience. I've had a few bad ones, but I'm sure every woman has.

Anonymous said...

I appreciate Planned Parenthood for a few things. Giving women easy and cheap access to medical services is definately a positive thing. Especially when you don't have insurance to cover anything.

I don't however appreciate Most of the employees at the facility that I have been so unlucky to have visited. Most of the nurses and doctors have terrible people skills, or they have them but just choose not to use them at their place of employment. It's rare to recieve any kind of welcome. They don't explain anything. I was told that I might have a hard time carrying children, because I have a septum. That was where the explanation ended. They told me to get an ultrasound, whenever I could afford it, to see whatelse there might be going on. Trying to schedule an ultrasound was a mess because there had to be communication between PPH and the hospital where I chose to get the ultrasound. Obviously I just can't go to a hospital and tell them I need a ultrasound. There has to be a referral, there has to be paper work, not that PPH would communicate that with the facility. I had to go back and forth between PPH and the hospital with paperwork. (not that I knew that was how it was suppose to work, because it was never explained to me that way, I thought after I chose the hospital to perform the ultrasound, PPH would send them my information and referral, boy was I wrong.)

After I had the ultrasound done, I was told that I would be contacted by someone from PPH to go over my results. Again, wrong, no one ever contacted me, I contacted them a few times to see how things were going, but nothing ever came of it. So I called the hospital and was able to pick up my own results from the records department. This left me with a cd-rom and a paper of my diagnosis.

After picking up my results I thought to myself like hell was I taking them back to PPH to have someone that probably hates where they're working, explain them to me. They don't do a very good job at the whole explaining thing anyway. I'd rather hold on to my results until I had insurance to go to a real doctor.

So, I have insurance, I finally have a primary care physician, and I have an appointment for my Pap and a physical.

Meanwhile I need ONE more pack of birthcontrol. I make an appointment at PPH to pick up one pack. It took them 45 minutes to call me from the waiting room to the back to tell me they can't fill my pills because I need my anual checkup. No one sent me a reminder to schedule one, like they've done in the past, and I had no idea they wouldn't fill my pills, so now I'm pill-less.

I hate planned parenthood.

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