Best time for scheduling medical tests

October 24, 2012 by admin in Health, Homepage Slider

If your doctor ordered any of these regular screening tests, consider scheduling them at certain times of the month for obtaining best results.


Get the mammogram during the period or the first week after, when the breast tissue is less dense, making it easier to see irregularities. Remember not to wear deodorant or talcum powder on the day of the mammogram and to inform your doctor or x-ray technologist if there is any possibility of being pregnant.


Have colonoscopy first thing in the morning, when it is easiest to tolerate a day-long fasting required prior to the test.

Teeth cleaning

Schedule a teeth cleaning for the first 2 weeks after your period, as the teeth and gums become more sensitive to pain before menstruation.


Have a surgery first thing in the morning, when the surgeons are most alert. Besides, due to anesthesia, most surgeries require fasting prior to, so it’s easier not to eat overnight.

Cholesterol screening

Have this blood test done first thing in the morning, as it requires 12-14 hour fasting. Don not eat of drink anything except water. Stay away from alcohol for 48 hours prior to the test.

Pelvic ultrasound

Schedule for just after the period is finished, when the endometrial lining becomes thin, making it easiest for the ultrasound technician to view any irregularities.

FSH blood test

Follicle Stimulating Hormone blood test, also known as Day 3 FSH test, is to be done on day 3, 4 or 5 of the menstrual cycle.

Do not compromise the timing the tests ordered by your doctor, because when you get these procedures done may affect the accuracy of results.