The Importance of Women's Health
Preventive health is a necessary part of staying healthy. Women are at higher risk for certain medical conditions, including some forms of cancer and reproductive health issues, which is why healthcare providers screen for specific women's health issues. Onslow County Health Department provides a variety of women's health services, including breast exams and mammograms, pap smears, physical exams, and pregnancy testing. We also have a prenatal clinic that provides a variety of services for expectant mothers. These services can be performed as a part of routine visits and may be covered by insurance. Payments are based on a sliding fee scale, and some services may be free to you.
For more information or to make an appointment, please call (910) 347-2154, ext. 3927. Please note that no children are allowed during these appointments. For more information about women's health topics, visit the CDC website.
Breast Exams & Mammograms
Breast cancer is a disease in which breast cells grow out of control. There are different types, with different levels of severity. Although breast cancer can occur in men, the majority of cases occur in women. Some forms of breast cancer can be passed down genetically, and most breast cancers are found in women 50 or older (though not always).
Symptoms of breast cancer include:
- Appearance of a new lump in the breast or armpit
- Thickening of a part of the breast
- Dimpling of the skin
- Red flaky skin in nipple area or breast
- Pulling in of the nipple
- Changes in the size or shape of the breast
- Nipple discharge other than breast milk (including blood)
- Pain in any area of the breast.
Breast exams are performed to check for possible lumps inside breast tissue and are offered at Onslow County Health Department with all physicals as medically needed. A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast and, for many women, is the best way to find breast cancer early. Mammogram referrals are available as indicated and/or age appropriate.
Pap Smears & Physical Exams
Cervical cancer is a disease in which cells in the cervix grow out of control. All women are at risk for cervical cancer, though it most often occurs in women over age 30. Being infected with certain types of the human papillomavirus (HPV) is the biggest cause of cervical cancer. HPV is contracted through sex with someone else who has HPV. At least half of sexually active people will get HPV at some point in their lives, but few women will get cervical cancer.
The Pap test is a screening tool used to look for abnormal cells in the cervix that would likely develop into cancer if left untreated. The Onslow County Health Department offers Pap smears and physical exams based on medical need. Initial Pap smears will be provided at 21 years of age or before if indicated. Abnormal Pap result follow-up appointments are provided. We also offer the HPV vaccine – this, along with safe sex practices and regular Pap smears, helps prevent cervical cancer.
Walk-In Pregnancy Testing
The Onslow County Health Department offers pregnancy testing in its Walk-In clinic. A urine sample will be collected at the time of appointment.
Monday to Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Pregnancy is an exciting time in which the body goes through many changes. Prenatal care in the form of regular checkups and health screenings is important to ensure that expectant moms and their growing babies are healthy and developing appropriately. Certain vaccinations may be recommended during pregnancy to prevent disease being transmitted to the growing baby. Support through classes and counseling will also help to prepare expectant moms for the transition into parenthood.
The Prenatal Clinic provides the following maternity care services:
- Complete family and patient history
- Childbirth related counseling
- Lab work
- Parenting classes
- Physical exam
- Preterm labor counseling
- Referrals as needed
- STD screening
- WIC nutritional services
The following individuals are eligible for these services:
- Medicaid enrollees
- Private insurance clients with no prenatal care benefits
- Undocumented citizens
- Uninsured persons
Prenatal services are available prior to Medicaid application or approval. To apply for prenatal Medicaid, you will need proof of income from the month before (by pay date or check date) for yourself and any spousal income as well. If you were not born in the United States, you will need your LPR card (green card), proof of pregnancy, and birth certificate (if you have it).
What to Bring to Your Appointment
- Proof of ID
- Insurance card(s) if insured
- Proof of household income (tax return or pay stub)
- Proof of residence (utility bill)
For your Prenatal Clinic appointment, also bring:
- Proof of pregnancy
- Shot record
- Social security card