South Plains Rural Health
Multi-Specialty Group Practice located in Levelland, Lamesa, and Big Spring, TX
The team of leading OB/GYNs at South Plains Rural Health Services (SPRHS) offer gynecological services for routine to complex women’s health needs, including prenatal exams. With a primary location in Levelland, Texas, you can get the care you need close to home. To book your OB/GYN appointment, click on the convenient online appointment request feature or call the clinic today.
OB/GYN Q & A
What happens during a well-woman exam?
Well-woman visits involve comprehensive exams and tests that evaluate your overall health as well as your female reproductive organs. During your appointment, your OB/GYN is likely going to:
- Talk with you about your medical history
- Perform a pelvic and breast exam
- Check your vital signs
- Order any essential lab tests
- Ask you about birth control
Depending on your age and medical history, you might also need a Pap test during your well-woman exam. A Pap test involves gathering a small sample of cells from your cervix to check for early warning signs of cervical cancer.
Which type of birth control is best?
The best type of birth control for you really depends on your specific needs and family planning goals. Modern birth control pills are still one of the most effective and most in-demand types of birth control options offered at South Plains Rural Health Services. Other types of birth control include:
- Contraceptive injections
- Vaginal ring
- Nexplanon-3 year and IUDs
- Mirena-5 year
- Skyla-3 year
- Paragard-10 year
If you know that you probably won’t have children for several years, though, you may benefit from more long-term types of birth control, such as an intrauterine device (IUD) or implant. If you know your family is complete, it might be time to talk with your OB/GYN about permanent birth control options, such as having your tubes tied.
How do I prepare for my OB/GYN appointment?
If you know you’re due for a Pap smear during your well-woman visit, it’s important to refrain from sexual intercourse or douching for at least a couple days beforehand. These activities can affect your results. You can also prepare for your OB/GYN appointment by:
- Gathering all medical records
- Making a list of current medications and dosages
- Writing down all medical concerns or questions
- Knowing the first day of your most recent menstrual period
In some cases, you might need to fast — have nothing to eat or drink after midnight — if you need to have your blood drawn. The team at South Plains Rural Health Services can let you know if you need to fast for a short period before your visit.
If you need a routine well-woman exam or have gynecological concerns, schedule an appointment at South Plains Rural Health Services. Book either online or over the phone.