Yes, you can take an STI test at any time during your cycle including when you are on your period and it won’t affect the results.
At SH:24, we test for gonorrhoea and chlamydia, both of which involve a vaginal swab for those with female genitals.
But remember: you should wait for two weeks after being exposed to an infection before testing. This is because chlamydia and gonorrhoea can take up to two weeks to be detected in a test. You can do this test at any time of day and if you are on your period.
Tests for Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C also involve giving a blood sample, not a swab. SH:24 doesn’t test for either of these STIs, although they are available via our commercial brand, Fettle.
Visit your local sexual health clinic if you think you’ve been exposed to Hepatitis B or C – you can find out more about symptoms and where to get help on our website here.
Although SH:24 does not offer testing for thrush or bacterial vaginosis, if you are offered a test for either of these by your GP or sexual health clinic, let them know if you will be testing during your period as it may be a factor in the symptoms you are experiencing.
While cervical screening is not an STI test and not a service that we offer at SH:24, it is usually recommended that you arrange for your cervical smear test to be done in the middle of your cycle, which is approximately a week after your period has ended. Check with your GP or clinic when you book your cervical smear test.