Women's Wellness Program & Sexual Health Services
Sexual Health After-Hours Walk-in Clinics, as well as visits in Souris, O'Leary and Alberton will be cancelled until further notice.
The following essential services will continue to be provided: Prenatal Care and Abortion Care. As well, Maternal Mental Health Services will continue via telephone consult.
If an individual has an urgent reproductive or sexual health concern, there are clinical staff available to discuss the concern over the phone. Please be patient as staffing is limited during this time.
The Women’s Wellness Program & Sexual Health Services provides reproductive and sexual health care to Islanders of all genders, orientations and ages at various sites across PEI. To access safe, confidential and supportive services, call 1-844-365-8258 (toll-free).
What services are offered?
Sexual health services include:
- Sexual health education and counselling;
- Sexually transmitted infection screening and treatment;
- Birth control counselling and prescriptions;
- Pregnancy counselling, testing and support; and
- Abortion services (medical abortion and surgical abortion).
Reproductive health services include:
- An initial fertility assessment for couples without a primary care provider;
- Prenatal care for individuals without a primary care provider;
- Menopause counselling and care for individuals without a primary care provider;
- Maternal (perinatal and postpartum) mental health services;
- Pregnancy loss counseling; and
- Pap/pelvic exams.
Where are services offered?
Sexual and reproductive health services are offered in:
- Souris (Souris Hospital);
- Charlottetown (The Mount);
- Summerside (Prince County Hospital);
- O’Leary (O’Leary Health Centre); and
- Alberton (Western Hospital).
Note: Some services may only be available at a specific location.
For an appointment, call 1-844-365-8258 (toll-free).
Will I need a referral?
No. You can book all services yourself, including abortion services and IUD insertion. Call 1-844-365-8258 (toll-free) to make an appointment or to speak a staff member.
Please note: As this is a self-referred service, the program receives a high volume of phone calls and as a result only accepts voicemail messages after business hours. If you do leave a message please leave your name, phone number and PEI Health Card number and staff will return your call within 1-2 business days. When a staff member returns your call, your telephone caller ID will indicate 'Private Number'.
What do I need to bring with me to my appointment?
- Identification: All patients and support persons need to provide a photo ID. Patients will also be required to have a valid PEI Health Card.
- Information: You may also be asked about your personal health history and medications you are currently taking. If you are taking medications, bring them with you or bring an up-to-date list of your medications [PDF | 609 KB], including over the counter vitamins or supplements.
- Support Person: You can bring a support person who may accompany you to your appointment, but they may be asked to sit in the waiting area in certain circumstances. Please talk to a staff member to learn about your options.
What other women’s health services are offered by Health PEI?
Pap Screening and Cervical Cancer Prevention
Regular pap tests can reduce your risk of cervical cancer. A pap test can detect changes in the cells of your cervix early. The current pap screening guidelines recommend women should have a pap test if you are 25 years of age and older. If you are not sexually active by age 25, you should delay cervical cancer screening until you are sexually active. In general, women of average risk should have a regular pap test every three years. If you are over 65 years of age and have had three negative tests in the 10 last years, you can discontinue screening. For more information, visit Pap Screening and Cervical Cancer Prevention.
How can I get screened?
- Call 1-888-561-2233 to book an appointment for a pap test at a Pap Screening Clinic in your community; or
- Submit an Appointment Request for a pap test online.
Breast Cancer Screening
Regular breast screening can detect breast cancer at an early stage. A mammogram is recommended for individuals aged 40-75 who:
- have never had breast cancer;
- do not have symptoms such as a breast lump, puckered skin, rash or nipple discharge;
- have not had a mammogram in the last 12 months;
- do not have breast implants; or
- have a parent or sibling with breast cancer.
For more information, visit Breast Cancer Screening.
How can I get screened?
- Call 1-888-592-9888 to schedule a mammogram.
- If you have questions, call the mammography department at:
- Queen Elizabeth Hospital: (902) 894-2915 or (902) 894-2924; or
- Prince County Hospital: (902) 438-4570
Who can I contact for more information?
Women’s Wellness Program & Sexual Health Services
Prince County Hospital
65 Roy Boates Avenue
Summerside, PE C1N 2A9
Telephone: 1-844-365-8258 (toll-free)