It is possible, though not recommended, to go to a gynecological appointment while menstruating, explains U by Kotex. Menstrual blood makes it more difficult for the gynecologist to swab and interpret a Pap smear result correctly.Continue Reading
U by Kotex advises that the best time for a gynecologist appointment is the week following your period, after any swelling, tenderness and menstrual bleeding have subsided. Menstrual-related breast tenderness and swelling may make it more difficult for the gynecologist to distinguish any lumps.
Besides clouding a Pap smear result, menstrual blood may make it more difficult for the gynecologist to notice any anatomical abnormalities on the walls of the vagina, explains Brown University Health Promotion.Learn more about Women's Health