Does having your period affect whether or not you can have a colonoscopy?

This question was asked in Dodge City, Kansas on 06/13/2012.
Does having your period affect whether or not you can have a colonoscopy? I figured if I wore a tampon, there wouldn't be an issue. Thank you for your time.

Doctors Answers (2)

David Pound, M.D.
Answered on: 6/28/2012

We prefer that you wear a pad. The short time that you are having the procedure bleeding is not usually an issue. You may want to ask the doctor that is doing the procedure about their preference.

Harsha Vittal, M.D.
Answered on: 6/19/2012

Being on your period will not affect the colonoscopy.