Hi. I’m Pamela. I’m a person with two theological educations who believes in Jesus. I went to Planned Parenthood last Thursday, and it was a fantastic experience.
I was due (ahem… overdue) for an annual exam BECAUSE REASONS. I have a couple responsible friends who believe in the meaning of ANNUAL, and who have lady docs who they love, to mind their lady bits, and I thought about calling them up for contact info.
I thought about it for a long, long time, BECAUSE REASONS.
But. With all the news about all the old white men manhandling women’s healthcare issues, and as I happen to be an Official Liberal Snowflake™️, and as I happen to believe in the life-giving services provided by Planned Parenthood, I went online and scheduled an appointment. I consulted the Googles on Monday and had an appointment Thursday. I could have scheduled the visit for the Tuesday or Wednesday in between. Never in my life have I been able to call my gynecologist and get a same week visit. I had a miscarriage and I couldn’t get seen by the OB-GYN in the same week.
As a card-carrying member of the Introvert Squad, I love being able to schedule appointments without actually talking.
There was a very earnest twenty-something woman beside the parking lot entrance who begged me to please not go in there and do what I was going to do. Sweet thing had no idea how long it had been, otherwise I’m certain she’d have waved me right through.
We all know I love a good story, but y’all just do not need to read about my exam. Some of you know exactly what an exam is like already, and some of you probably don’t want to know anything about it. Instead, I will offer you this:
a brief list of things I especially appreciated about my visit to Planned Parenthood.
- No assumptions and no judgment. I was asked my legal name and my preferred name. I was asked my gender identity. I was asked if I had sex with people with a penis, a vagina, or both. I was asked if I’d ever been pregnant, and how many births. I was asked if I was safe in my home, and if anyone abused me. I told the nurse when I’d last had an appointment, and her response was, “You’re here now.”
- Access to birth control. That place had baskets of condoms EVERYWHERE. Also, prior to the appointment I did some research on a particular kind of birth control that addresses a particular issue I have (not pregnancy, jokers). I asked if I could get the thing installed, and the NP did it ten minutes later. No “come back later,” no “please make an appointment,” no “are you really sure this is what you want???”
- Everybody was incredibly kind. The woman who checked me in, the security guard, the other people in the waiting room, the nurse, the NP. The office was quiet and peaceful and pleasant. The staff was even kind when they talked about the protesters on the sidewalk. The NP was interested in me as a human being, and even suggested that I check out their employment opportunities because there was an opening that matches my skills set.
It’s not every day (or year) that you lay down with your feet in the stirrups and feel (mostly) comfortable. I mean, YES it has been a little teensy bit longer than that for me, but you know what I mean.
Here’s what you should know about Planned Parenthood:
- They treat every person who walks through the door, regardless of gender identity, religious background, ethnicity, race, ability/disability, insured/uninsured. EVERYONE.
- Not only do they treat every person who walks through the door, each person is treated with compassion and dignity.
I went to Planned Parenthood and I liked it.