When I was heading off to college, my mother scheduled me an appointment with her insurance-approved/covered doctor for an annual exam and birth control prescription. I was, of course, anxious, but optimistic and went in feeling somewhat empowered - being put in charge of my choices. The experience was extremely degrading. He joked about my sexuality, he made me feel small. He never explained what was going on. He told me to close my eyes and it would be over soon. I felt violated.
After that experience, I avoided my next exam as long as possible. I used the college health clinic, which primarily used Nurse Practitioners (a good thing) and was reliable, but was not able to go above and beyond in their care. When I found Planned Parenthood, I felt human, I felt empowered. The NPs, Nurses, Doctors, and Staff at each clinic I’ve been to have always had my best interests in mind, asked honest questions, provided honest answers, and helped guide me through my choices on a personal level. They have found abnormal cells (nothing, thankfully) on pap smears, they have found early signs of infection, they have re-tested abnormal STI tests (again, nothing), and their attention to detail and clear explanations are something I have never experienced with any other regular care.
I CHOOSE to go to Planned Parenthood, where I am cared for as a person, not just a human-shaped body. They have set a high standard for what I accept as care, and I have come to learn that I do not have to stand for inferior services when it comes to MY body. Planned Parenthood rocks.