Many clinics, pharmacies and Planned Parenthood offer free gynecological services. The National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics lists more than 1,200 free clinics in the United States.Continue Reading
Medicaid may pay for all or part of a gynecological visit, according to Medicaid.gov. Medicaid is a federal health care program administered by the states. Family planning services must be covered by the state to receive federal Medicaid funding. States have their own Medicaid rules that often expand the mandatory coverage offered by the federal government. Qualification for free or inexpensive Medicaid services and types of services covered vary from state to state.
Low-cost providers of gynecological services include Planned Parenthood, the agency states. As an example, Planned Parenthood offers a program in New York, the Family Planning Benefit Program, that allows qualifying men and women certain services for free.
Municipal and county health departments also provide gynecological services. As they are subsidized by taxpayers, they provide services for their residents at a lower rate.
An overlooked source of free medical information is pharmacists. Most pharmacists in retail answer drug-related questions in person or by phone. Some retail pharmacy chains even have live chat with pharmacists promising fast, free and confidential advice, states Walgreens.Learn more about Women's Health
Research suggests that there is no difference in the quality of care provided by male and female gynecologists, so patients should choose the provider they are most comfortable seeing, according to Go Ask Alice of Columbia Health. Some women prefer gynecologists of a specific gender, while others have no preference.Full Answer >
To find a local female gynecologist, visit the Family Planning Resource Guide - Local Services section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website. This resource list links to local physicians, family planning facilities and services, states the ACOG. Physicians listed in this directory are members of the ACOG, which requires them to meet certain standards and criteria.Full Answer >
There are videos of how to perform a comprehensive pelvic examination online at the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) website. The videos outline when women should have the exam and how and when to perform a pap test, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.Full Answer >
It is possible, though not recommended, to go to a gynecological appointment while menstruating, explains U by Kotex. Menstrual blood makes it more difficult for the gynecologist to swab and interpret a Pap smear result correctly.Full Answer >