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“I got my period and I need to cancel my appointment…”

Why? Typical replies:

  • Because it is gross…
  • Because it is messy…
  • Because I can’t look at blood…
  • Because I am too painful/crampy…
  • Because I thought it is the right thing to do…

True, you would reschedule a routine gynecologic exam so that the Pap test can be done when you are not menstruating.  Otherwise, unless you are physically disabled by your period, there is no reason not to keep your appointment.

Conclusion: the vagina works 24/7/365, and bloody discharge does not bother the clinician!

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