Should I Attend my OB-GYN Appointment While I’m on My Period?


How do you feel when you’re on your period? For some women, not much changes, other than having to put in tampons and the occasional bloating. For others, the symptoms can range anywhere from becoming moody and emotional to having awful cramps and headaches.

There is no one-size-fits-all description. By the same token, some women would feel comfortable going to their OB-GYN appointment while on their periods, while others would be horrified at the thought.

Personal preferences aside, should you cancel an appointment if you’re on our period?

Will it taint pap results?

While it may be possible to have inconclusive pap results while you’re on your period, it’s also very likely that they would come out without any issues.

The reality is that we often schedule these appointments weeks (and sometimes months) in advance. Unless your period arrives every month like clockwork, it’s hard to figure out whether you’re going to be on your period that far ahead.

About 30% of women have irregular periods, and all of them need to get regular pap tests. It would make no sense to have almost a third of the female population put off going to their gynecologist because they are experiencing one of the very things OB-GYN are experts about.

Will the doctor be grossed out by it?

Think about this for a moment. OB-GYNs work with vaginas all day, every day. They know that vaginas bleed on a monthly basis. They went to med school. They perform surgeries and deliver babies. A patient who’s on her period is not going to freak her or him out.

If it makes you feel uncomfortable, then sure, go ahead and reschedule. But don’t do it out of fear of grossing out your doctor.

Talk to us to put your mind at ease

At OB-GYN Women’s Center, our goal is to establish good relationships with all of our patients. For this to happen, we want to foster an environment of trust. This means that you should always feel comfortable asking us any questions about your reproductive health, regardless of how awkward you may feel about it.

We promise, if the thought popped into your head, we’ve been asked the same question countless times before. Contact us to schedule an appointment. We’ll be happy to assist you.

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