It’s not every day that four (yes, FOUR) related OBGYNS visit the show -- so, needless to say, our studio audience jumped at the chance to pick the brains of (triplets!) Dr. Joanna Bedell, Dr. Sara Bedell and Dr. Vicky Bedell, and their mom, Dr. Janet Gersten.
Mark your calendars, ladies! There's actually a right time to visit your gynecologist.
As suspected, making an annual appointment for when you’re on your period isn’t ideal -- and for a couple of reasons.
"The best time to actually schedule an appointment would be mid-cycle, which is usually one to two weeks after your period has started," advises Dr. Vicky Bedell.
And there are essentially two reasons for that.
The first one is that your breasts aren't as swollen or tender then, making exams and mammograms a little easier for your providers (and a lot more comfortable for you).
Hey, any tip that makes these visits more comfortable is a tip we want to hear!
Secondly, that excessive bleeding can actually interfere with a Pap smear result, so light bleeding or no bleeding is ideal.
Watch the video above to hear Dr. Vicky's full explanation.