I have a Yeast Infection, No Money, No Health Insurance, and I went to Planned Parenthood. My Visit and Treatment Was Covered by Their Insurance.

[Yeast infection, Planned Parenthood, Great Review] I’ve had a really persistent yeast infection for just over a month now and I went to planned parent hood to get it checked out. I have about 2 cents in my bank account, I am a 21 year old female. I’m currently uninsured, I’m a full time student (on my own) who is also a Resident Assistant, and works for the Campus Recycling Center. Being an RA covers my college room and board, and I get a stipend of $20 bi weekly. I work 8 hours a week at the recycling center and get about $120 bi weekly. That’s a grand total of $140 every two weeks. So I’ve been avoiding going to the doctors because I really cannot afford it. I tried using Monistat ($16) because that worked the last time I was yeasty. It didn’t work this time. My male sexual partner has insurance so I suggested that he go to Planned Parenthood to get an STI test done just for us to be safe. He did and he came up clean, but he also went out of his way to ask about yeast infections while he was there. Planned Parenthood explained the complications of yeast infections and that sometimes it needs a medicine to clear it up. He also asked Planned Parenthood about payment. Based on my income, the visit AND treatment would be under $30. I can afford that easily. I made my appointment despite only have 2 cents in my bank account. I made my appointment online. It was so easy that I did it during my ecology lecture. It was a little weird having “Planned Parenthood” pop up on my phone screen, my professor probably thinks I’m pregnant now. But overall it took maybe 7 minutes. I had my appointment yesterday morning and it went literally so well. My male partner brought me. Everyone working there was female! I had two young females assist me. They spoke to me like a real person with a real issue, and they really empathized with me. (Because all vaginas have maintenance issues at one point or another). We talked about birth control, yeast, diabetes, college, and I felt zero judgement. They got their samples and ran their tests. The yeast infection was positive, and they gave me medicine right there on the spot. One for now, and one for later. The best part was I didn’t pay a dime! Since I have 2 cents in my bank account, and because I make about $130 a every two weeks, they had me fill out an insurance application, and now I will be covered by insurance for the visit. I can even go online to complete the insurance application and be insured for a longer amount of time! It was a really great experience for me. Knowing that I can go there for some of my medical issues makes me feel empowered and in control of my finances and health.


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8 Dec 2017 02:34 - +1494
I’m glad that you were able to get the help you needed. It is heartbreaking that healthcare in America is this way. We shouldn’t have to put off going to the doctor for financial reasons, that is insane. Everyone needs to keep this in mind and push for single-payer healthcare.
8 Dec 2017 02:04 - +1178
Does your uni have a health center? Mine in college was “free,” but I’ve heard others charged a fee like a normal doctor’s office.
8 Dec 2017 04:08 - +900
*IMPORTANT: If a person needs something Planned Parenthood can not provide, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)/HRSA clinics are an excellent option. They are sliding scale based on income and are primary care practices that, depending on the clinic, may also have mental health, dental, etc. Find a clinic here: https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/# Planned Parenthood is a great resource for the services they offer- but I wanted people to know where they can go for other services.
8 Dec 2017 03:29 - +535
FWIW: My, now wife, and myself got a bit of a yeasty situation too when we started dating. Turns out the spermicide on the condoms was the primary culprit. Glad you're on the mend.
8 Dec 2017 04:05 - +264
I’m so glad Mike Pence made so many donations to keep planned parenthood well funded :)
8 Dec 2017 02:54 - +186
PP is a blessing, but their docs are a hit and miss at times (think they are volunteer based, or some do it for clinic hours or such). Met some really caring docs, but once in a while, you get one that doesnt give 2 shits about you and just wants to clock off ASAP. Regardless, PP is a must for everyone's health, not just womens. I dont donate to any cause, but PP is my regular after tax return.
8 Dec 2017 02:43 - +154
This is why PP must be defunded at once (s)
8 Dec 2017 02:53 - +144
AND THEN YOU GOT THREE ABORTIONS AND HAD PROTECTED PREMARITAL SEX. HEATHEN! RAWRRRRRRRR!!!!
8 Dec 2017 04:02 - +133
Why is your professor monitoring your phone screen?
8 Dec 2017 03:29 - +105
I love Planned Parenthood. I lost my health insurance right after I graduated from college, and they were there for me for my annual exams and bcp for *years*. I'm so grateful to them, and now that I'm in a much better financial position I donate to them monthly. <3
8 Dec 2017 04:18 - +71
I've used PP to get birth control pills, and to get out of an embarrassing situation once (sponge got stuck, long story). The location I went to doesn't do abortions and every time I was there, there were a fair number of women in the waiting room. So it's obvious to me that they do a lot of things that aren't abortions but whatevs, PP is eeeevil (sarcasm)
8 Dec 2017 03:45 - +65
Planned Parenthood is bomb. Your prof probably doesn't thing you're preggers. Planned Parenthood is for everyone, regardless of gender, it's just a center for sexual health. They're so amazing and it's not just for pregnant people. People don't really know enough about what Planned Parenthood does and how good they are for the community
8 Dec 2017 03:09 - +49
I am so glad you were able to get treatment! I hope things clear up soon. I had a persistent or off and on one for six months! It was awful. It finally cleared up with a compounded medication.
8 Dec 2017 03:20 - +46
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8 Dec 2017 04:12 - +38
Planned parenthood is absolutely vital to our country. The abortion topic is a sensitive one, but even leaving that out, family planning is much more important to a sustainable society than many realize. Education and government policy play a very large part in keeping our country from continuing to boom in population to an unsustainable level, and planned parenthood plays a significant part in the governments family planning initiatives.
8 Dec 2017 03:06 - +38
I should have gone there but I went to a "christian" clinic with painful breasts and was told I'd get one phone call to schedule an appt and if I did not answer or could not attend my one appt then I would forfeit my chance at healthcare. I was so discouraged I left... but I should have sought out pp. I suffered for so long with chronic bv too. Im so glad they exist.
8 Dec 2017 04:13 - +32
And this is why Universal Health Care is important. And as it is funded by your taxes, it ain't free either. But I suppose you Muricans prefer to wage war on the other side of the world with your taxes than cover basic health services. I sincerely hope more of you realize some things and expand your health care system, although I find this unlikely with Trump in office
8 Dec 2017 03:50 - +22
Wow that is great. I have always been prone to yeast infections and started taking the Refresh vaginal probiotic every day and it really works. It's $30 at cvs/Walgreens. I highly recommend you start taking it.
8 Dec 2017 03:49 - +22
PP is outstanding, at one point they were my only source of health care. I donate monthly so they can keep being there when people need it.
8 Dec 2017 04:16 - +22
I’m so glad PP was able to help you. They truly are a wonderful organization that does an incredible amount of good for countless people every day. They helped me when I needed birth control on the downlow (without using my parents’ insurance) in college. I paid on a sliding scale and got on the Depo shot. Because of their help, I was able to avoid unplanned pregnancy and have my kids when I was ready after I was married and settled down. (Nothing wrong with not being married, of course, but I wanted to have everything stable first.) I love PP. If I ever get rich one day, they’re getting a huge donation from me.
8 Dec 2017 03:58 - +21
But....but...but...... I thought Planned Parenthood was there to just provide abortions to people who hate the Lord Jesus Christ /s (I'm glad you got the help you need. These are the stories people need to hear)
8 Dec 2017 04:29 - +17
I thought I was pregnant in my junior year of college, I was super stressed, never had a straight period (because of the bc shots) and had many times of unprotect sex with my boyfriend. I had felt hormonal with my body and freaking out. My home doctors declined to give me birth control because I had a history of smoking (blood clots) even though I had gotten my birth control shots for 4 years pervious. My insurance also was grandfatherred into the BC coverage, so an IUD would be 2500$ and an implant would be 2000$. I went and made an appointment with the pp in my college, got a pregnancy test (negative) and got the implant in my arm in less than 2 hours. PP is amazing when health insurance and religious doctors
8 Dec 2017 04:21 - +15
I went to Planned Parenthood for the same reason. I luckily have insurance but it does warm my heart to hear that, even without insurance, they found a way to help you. Planned Parenthood has been one of my better OBGYN experiences and I hope that they have the means to stay open and provide such good service like you experienced! I’m glad you got the help you needed :)
8 Dec 2017 04:25 - +12
Glad to hear you got treatment. My wife and I feel it's important to give to PP and hearing it's being used like this makes giving that much easier and important.
8 Dec 2017 04:02 - +12
Living the American dream.
8 Dec 2017 04:14 - +11
I have insurance but went to PP for a yeast infection about a year ago because I was able to get an appointment pretty quickly. By far one of the best patient experiences I’ve ever had.
8 Dec 2017 03:53 - +10
PP here in NorCal is so wonderful. Saves lives and provides so much free healthcare, no questions asked. Donate! The life you save may be your own daughter’s.
8 Dec 2017 03:51 - +10
Yeah, they’re an awesome organization. We have to do everything we can to keep them operating forever, they help so many, myself included.
8 Dec 2017 03:25 - +9
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8 Dec 2017 03:22 - +5
PP is great, they helped me many times as a very poor young woman. If you ever start feeling like you're getting yeasty again, try putting some coconut oil down there before bed and again when you wake up. I'm not one of these 'coconut oil heals all ailments' people, but it damn sure kills a yeast infection in its tracks (in my experience anyway). I do think it tampers with the efficacy of condoms tho so beware not to use it as lube if you use condoms for protection.
8 Dec 2017 04:08 - +3
Some colleges offer a free clinic for students too.
8 Dec 2017 02:58 - +-5
My wife used to get them in college. She just went to CVS or Walgreens and got something that you take once and she was done. It cost like $15? Turned out the spermicide on Trojan condoms caused her to get yeast infections frequently. Why not try one of these first? No doctor appointment needed and it was easy. Edit: damn, read that entire thing and missed the line about trying an over the counter already. The first one my wife tried didn't work either. I forget the brand that ended up working for her.

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