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Can You Go to the Gyno on Your Period?

What do you think of a gynecological exam during your period? Have you ever wondered if it’s possible or allowed? To answer this, let’s first understand how all of our cycles are different.

For some women, the days when they’re on their period aren’t much different from any other, and they don’t experience any pain. They put in tampons and that’s it. At most, they might have an occasional craving. For others, their period might mean a whole range of symptoms like unbearable cramps, headaches, and a general feeling of being uncomfortable. 

All women are different, and the same is true for their menstrual cycles and reproductive health. That’s why visiting your gynecologist is so important. 

For these reasons, you might want to know if it’s okay to go to the gynecologist while on your period. Going to the gyno on your period is generally okay, especially if you have period-related issues. In fact, you probably don’t need to cancel your appointment if you’re on your period. 

If it makes you feel uncomfortable, you can certainly reschedule. But definitely don’t do it because you’re afraid of what your doctor will think.

There are even cases when it’s better to go to your doctor when you’re having your period. 

Why you need to go to the gynecologist 

Can a gynecologist check you on your period? Yes — they can and they will. Understanding fully what a gynecologist does might help you fully comprehend how they help us with our reproductive health. 

A gynecologist is a doctor who specializes in women’s reproductive health. If you’re experiencing pain, uncontrolled bleeding, or other signs of discomfort in your vagina or reproductive system, it’s best to seek your gynecologist’s opinion as soon as possible. You can still go to the gyno on your period. It all depends on your comfort level. Here are a few reasons why it’s important to see your gynecologist regularly:

  • Your gyno will conduct a pelvic exam, pap smear, and possibly other tests if necessary. It’s important to see the gynecologist even if you’re healthy and fit. There are several reproductive health issues that don’t show any signs or symptoms, especially in the first few months or years. 
  • It’s important for every woman to have regular checkups with their gynecologist whether they are sexually active or not. Regular visits can detect any problems in your reproductive system before they get worse. Among the most common problems are cysts, endometriosis, infertility, fibroids, and polycystic ovary syndrome
  • In some cases, it’s a good idea to go to the gyno while on your period. If you’re having problems related to menstruation, this would be the ideal time for your doctor to see what’s happening in your body. 
  • For women who are sexually active, regular OB-GYN checkups are very important. Your sexual and reproductive health are critical parts of your overall wellbeing.
  • For women who want to get pregnant or have already conceived, regular visits to the OB-GYN will ensure optimum health for mother and baby. 
  • Your OB-GYN is also the doctor to see for questions about contraceptives. Your gynecologist can tell you about the options available and give you advice about the best ones for you.

Can you go to the gynecologist on your period? It’s up to you; you can cancel your appointment at any time. However, there are cases when it’s best to wait to see your gynecologist until you do have your period: 

Is a gynecological exam during your period any different? 

If you’re feeling awkward about going to the gynecologist on your period, remember that your doctor works with women’s reproductive organs all the time. You being on your period isn’t really an issue for them. So is a gynecological exam during your period any different from a normal appointment? 

In fact, your cervix is more open during your period. If you’re getting an IUD inserted, your period may be the best time to do it. 

If possible, Pap smears — typically performed during a routine pelvic exam — should be scheduled for when you’re not on your period. It’s possible to get inconclusive Pap results while you’re on your period, but it’s also very likely it wouldn’t be an issue.

That being said, you don’t have to cancel an appointment that you made weeks ago just because your period came early, especially if you’re experiencing symptoms that need medical attention. 




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