This is What Happens When a Male, Whether He is 13, 25, 31 or 44 Years Old, Goes to a Family Planning Clinic:
Every clinic has a different system to see patients.At some clinics you will see a counselor first, Other sites you see a lab tech, & at other sites you see a clinician first. Each way is fine.
Who will you meet? What will happen? One of the staff you will meet is the counselor. The counselor will ask you why you came to the clinic today. You or the counselor will complete any medical forms need for your visit. Everything you tell the clinic staff is confidential and private. This means that whatever you tell the clinic staff will not be shared with anyone outside of the clinic. If you are a new patient you will be asked about your medical history and personal information.
Medical history the clinic will ask about:
They are very serious about confidentiality!
When they call they will only talk to you unless you say it's okay for them to talk to someone else (like your mom, dad, sister, roommate, partner). If you ask them to, when they write to you they will use a plain envelope. The number you give can be your home, a relative's or friend's.
It is important to tell the counselor if you have any problems or concerns. Maybe you have questions about:
Make sure you tell the counselor.
The counselor will talk to you about lots of things during your visit.
You may talk about birth control methods & condoms. They will ask
What will happen? Who does the exam? You may be placed in an examination room by one of the clinic staff. You may be asked to undress right away or the doctor may do some of the exam first and then have you undress.( Some clinics may ask you to take everything off and give you a gown to put on. Other clinics may ask you to take everything off from the waist down & they will give you a paper drape or sheet.) You will then sit on the exam table and wait. A trained medical professional, known as a clinician, will examine you. A clinician can be a :
The clinician will review your medical history and ask you more questions. It is important to answer the questions truthfully.
Remember everything you tell the staff is confidential and private. Remember the clinic staff cares about you and your health.
The questions they ask may seem personal, but they help the staff take care of you.
It's okay for you to ask the clinician questions! As the clinician does your exam, they will explain what is happening throughout the exam.
A Basic Exam
Step 1: The clinician may check your eyes, nose & throat to make sure everything is clear & looks healthy.
Step 2: The clinician may listen to your chest & back with a stethoscope. A stethoscope is an instrument used to listen to your heart and lungs. The clinician is listening to hear if your heart is beating like it should and your lungs sound clear
Step 3: If you have not undressed before, you will be asked to now. First the clinician will look at your penis and testicles. Why?
Tests for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) like Gonorrhea and Chlamydia are done by inserting a thin swab into the urethra.
Both tests are often done with a single swab. Some clinics also can test for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia using a urine sample, which is given, at the clinic. If you want to have a test for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia you should try not to urinate (pee) for 2 hours before you get to the clinic. The test will be more accurate.
Remember to tell your clinician if the exam hurts!
You made it through the exam! What next?