It is recommended that people begin receiving a gynecological exam when they turn 21, and that all sexually active people receive sexually transmitted infection screens.
Your “wellness” exam includes a pelvic exam, a pap smear, and a breast exam (to check for breast cancer), a medical, sexual and family history, and a basic physical.
If you plan to become pregnant soon, have a history of sexual health problems, or family history of breast cancer, you may need to schedule your exams more frequently than once a year. If you experience bleeding outside of your normal menstrual period or detect a lump or other unusual change in your breast, please schedule an exam immediately.
Your health appointment
Gynecological Health Services are available by appointment Monday through Friday. You can schedule an appointment online or call 314-935-6666, option 0.
Please prepare for your exam by bringing a list of all medications you are currently taking and a list of any food or drug allergies. Arrive at least 10 minutes early; failure to do so may delay your appointment time. Sign in at the self check-in station or with front desk personnel.
Do not schedule your wellness exam during your period. If your period starts 48 hours prior to your appointment, please call to reschedule.
Gynecological Health Services
Habif Health and Wellness Center provides the following gynecological health services:
- Annual “wellness” exam
- Breast screenings
- Birth control and family planning advice and counseling
- Pregnancy testing, counseling and referrals
- Sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing
- Diagnosis and treatment of gynecological conditions
The Habif Health and Wellness Center also offers free home pregnancy tests, condoms, dental dams and lube. Ask a nurse or pick up a voucher for a free pregnancy test from the women’s restroom in the Wellness Center waiting area.
- Women who are sexually active should have regular sexually transmitted infection screening.
- It is recommended that women over the age of 21 have gynecological “well woman” exams, including pap tests.
- Women over the age of 40 should have annual mammograms.
- Males and Females age 9-26 should have the HPV vaccine.
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