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I think I may have an STD and want to be checked, can I still get a pelvic exam while menstruating?
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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes and no
Many women hesitate to have pelvic exams during their periods, but their docs generally don't care.
The main STD tests (e.g. gonorrhea and chlamydia) and exam of sores are fine any time. However, infections that depend on tests of vaginal fluid (trichomonas, yeast, bacterial vaginosis) are best at other times. If your symptoms are severe, disregard your period and get seen ASAP. Otherwise wait.

In brief: Yes and no
Many women hesitate to have pelvic exams during their periods, but their docs generally don't care.
The main STD tests (e.g. gonorrhea and chlamydia) and exam of sores are fine any time. However, infections that depend on tests of vaginal fluid (trichomonas, yeast, bacterial vaginosis) are best at other times. If your symptoms are severe, disregard your period and get seen ASAP. Otherwise wait.
Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: YES
Yes, and exam can be done while menstruating, and an investigation for stds can be done.
The exam may be limited in some ways, as can testing, but an accurate exam can be done at any time. Some stds can be tested for with urine and some by blood testing as well.

In brief: YES
Yes, and exam can be done while menstruating, and an investigation for stds can be done.
The exam may be limited in some ways, as can testing, but an accurate exam can be done at any time. Some stds can be tested for with urine and some by blood testing as well.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Dr. Marcus Degraw
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