Period During Annual Exam

Updated on May 01, 2009
H.A. asks from Keystone, IA
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For the past 2 yrs I've gotten my annual exam while on my period (bad timing, I know!). When I apologized, I was assured by my dr and her office staff that it was absolutley NO big deal and would not affect my test results at all. However, my sister's annual exam was the other day and she called to tell them she was on her period and they cancelled her app. My other sister says her dr's office does the same thing. ??? Does anyone know if it DOES make a differnece? I'm considering getting mine done again this year while I'm not on my period just to be safe. What do you moms think? Thanks!

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answers from La Crosse on

My doc is female. The period doesn't gross her out but she does need to see in case something looks different. She has seen the same view on me for the past 5 years. Seeing it all healthy makes her(and me) feel better.

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answers from Minneapolis on

I have heard the best time to get your Pap is when you ovulate.



answers from Fargo on

Having your period or not actually doesn't matter and won't affect results. Some doctors just won't perform the exam when you have your period, that's all. My old doctor didn't mind, but my current doctor will not perform it if I have my period. I wouldn't worry too much about it, and if your doc will still do it, it's up to you whether you want to keep an appointment while you have your period or not.



answers from Rochester on

H., I am an appointment sec. at the Mayo Clinic and have been asked this many times. All of my Dr.'s in GIM say no it does not effect your results. You can go to the Dr.s if you are having your period. Some Dr.s don't like it and I have had people call me and tell me that there Dr. at there home town will not do it if she is having her period. For some specialty Gyn tests they just want to make sure you are not having a heavy flow as that will throw off the tests if you have had abnormal pap's in the past, but if you are just having a regular pap if doesn't matter. Hope that helped!



answers from Omaha on

I don't think doing the test during your period would have any affect on the results; however, I do think it just makes it messier. I've rescheduled a time or two for this very reason. I tend to have heavier periods. If yours is light then it probably doesn't matter.

I wouldn't worry about it at all - whatever makes you most comfortable!



answers from Milwaukee on

Many Dr's prefer not to be in that area when you have your period. I was told it doesn't make a difference. I prefer them not be be in that area while on mine either.



answers from Minneapolis on

I have called a few times when I realized I would have my period during my exam and they said they wanted me to reschedule, so I did. I dont know if it really matters or not. I would do it not during your period, but that is my preference.



answers from Minneapolis on

I have always been asked to reschedule. My doctor told me it was because it can interfere with getting accurate results for the pap. I don't remember if it was because of the blood or because it dilutes the sample, but it was something like that. I think it is similar in reason as to why they don't want you to have had sex for 48 hours prior to a pap or immediately following your period (like the next day)


answers from Davenport on

I don't think it affects the results much if at all, it's more a matter of the 'gross factor' for the's best to call and reschedule..............



answers from Milwaukee on

Regardless of what anyone says, or what the real answer is, peace of mind always prevails. If your have your period, reschedule your appointment. This way you will know for sure that the results are accurate. I have always had the exam when I do not have my period, just to be sure.



answers from Milwaukee on


I thought that it had something to do with your breast exam. Aren't you NOT suppose to do self exams during your period because of the swelling and whatnot? If it works into your schedule to change your appointment, then I would go ahead and do it.

Good luck,

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