Women’s health

Schedule your well-woman checkup today

We know you are busy caring for your family, working, and managing your household. Be sure you take time to care for yourself, too. We want to help you stay healthy. One of the best ways you can stay healthy is to schedule a yearly well-woman checkup.

Well-woman checkups are a covered benefit for our members. During this checkup, your provider will do a:

  • Cervical cancer screening (Pap test) to check for cervical cancer
  • Breast exam to check for breast cancer
  • Test to check for Chlamydia

You can call your OB/GYN to schedule a well-woman checkup, or you may call your primary care provider (PCP). We have both male and female OB/GYNs available. You don’t need a referral.

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You may not have any signs or symptoms of problems. Getting a well-woman checkup each year can help catch any problems early, when they are easier to treat.

Start planning for pregnancy as soon as you start thinking about having a baby. The healthier you are, the more likely you are to have a healthy baby. Prenatal care can start before you even become pregnant.

See your doctor
Your doctor may want to do a complete checkup and routine testing to make sure you are in good health. Also, he or she can answer any questions you may have about your health or getting pregnant.

Start healthy habits
A balanced diet is always good for you. You should follow a healthy diet before you get pregnant. Eat foods that are high in protein like meat, chicken and fish (avoid raw fish). Also, try to drink at least eight glasses of water each day. Remember to eat your fruits, vegetables, grains, and dairy products.

You need to stay away from alcohol, smoking and street drugs. They are not good for you and certainly not good for your baby. You may also want to start cutting down on your caffeine.

If you think you are pregnant
Call your doctor. You want to schedule your first visit during the first six to eight weeks of your pregnancy.

You can go to any family planning provider or clinic, whether they are in our network or not. Remember to show your Parkland Community Health Plan ID card at your appointments.

Parkland Community Health Plan covers the following family planning services:

  • Annual exams and pap smears
  • Pregnancy and other lab tests
  • Prescription and over-the-counter birth control medication and devices
  • Birth control medical visits
  • Testing, education and counseling on Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) and prevention help in making an informed decision on family planning
  • Treatment of problems related to the use of birth control, including emergency services
  • Pregnancy diagnosis, counseling and referral

Osteoporosis makes your bones weak so they break easily. As many as half of all women may have osteoporosis, especially those 50 or older. Unfortunately, there are no symptoms. You may not know you have it until you break a bone.

See your doctor about your bone health. He or she can prescribe a bone density test, especially if you are:

  • 50 or older
  • Small and thin
  • Have a family history of osteoporosis
  • Take certain medicines
  • Are white or Asian
  • Have low bone density

To keep your bones strong:

  • Eat foods rich in calcium and vitamin D
  • Exercise regularly
  • Don’t smoke