(Closed) Yearly doctor exams for birth control?

posted 6 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 3
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

With every OBGYN I’ve ever been to, you are required to have an annual exam to get the next year’s BC refills.

I’m pretty sure that is standard.

Post # 4
7293 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Yup, most annoying part. To get those beloved pills, you need an exam- most places even if you are a “virgin” . Part of the deal I guess.

Post # 5
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

It is totally normal to have a yearly physical as a requirement to renew your birth control prescription. I would be concerned with any doctor who would prescribe me a medication (such as birth control) without a full physical!

Post # 6
835 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Yep, yearly

Post # 7
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Yearly.  I’ve never had a problem getting my well womans exam covered by insurance.

Post # 8
1562 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@blabblabblab:  not to be annoying, but your yearly gyno exam is a very important doc’s appt that shouldn’t be missed

Post # 9
171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

A yearly exam is important but my doctor said for the pills is every two years.

Post # 10
5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

When I started on the pill, it was every year for a full (female) exam. Then, a few years ago, I guess the recommendation switched to every 3 years. However, if your insurance covers it, go get your gyno exam every year! We (the ladies in my family) fought it and are sure to go each year. Best to be safe, it’s a very important checkup. 

Post # 11
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@blabblabblab:  Yearly, but I’m pretty sure the law changed last year (if your in the US) and it is considered preventative, so it should now be fully covered by your insurance.

Post # 12
2522 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@blabblabblab:  Check with your insurance b/c this really should be considered preventative care (yearly pap smear and breast exam) and covered.  It’s standard practice that in order to have your yearly refill of contraceptives, you have an exam.

Post # 13
8392 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Mine is every year. One yearly visit is covered by my insurance though – I don’t think it counts as a regular yearly physical from a general doctor.

Post # 14
9056 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I was yearly and they’ll check if you’ve done your pap before they re-presribe. However after 10 years of normal paps, and being in a “low risk” category for hpv, since I’m monogMous and had the vaccine they said I can do the pap every other year. 


Post # 15
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’ve gone every year to get a new prescription, but I recently read this article saying that new national guidelines recommend a pap no more than once every three years for healthy women. I’m not sure if doctors following these guidelines will still want to patients to make a quick appointment annually for a breast exam or whatever else to get a new prescription or not.

Here’s the article:


Post # 16
1798 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I go to planned parenthood. They require an appointment, but not internal exam, to refill birth control. They do strongly suggest following the recommended pap smear/internal exam schedule

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