Surgery while having your period? IDK what to do...
My periods usually come between the 1st and 4the of the month, but when I'm really stressed out- they tend to be late. It's the 10th today, and I still haven't gotten it :(
I KNOW I'm not pregnant- we've been very careful.
I emailed my surgeon's secretary and asked what would happen if I had my period, and she said if I hadn't gotten it yet Monday morning they would do a urine test to make sure I'm not pregnant. She said if I did have it, he would do the surgery if it was light...
If I get it between today and Monday morning- it definitely won't be "light" during surgery. I don't know if he'd do it anyway, but I really don't like the idea of going into surgery with my period... They are going to catheterize me, and the thought of them doing that while I have my period makes me cry. I was bawling to my husband last night... I just don't know what to do.
I've waited so long for this, and now that it's less than a week away, I'm freaking out that I might have to postpone it :(
I'm not sure why I'm posting this- to vent I guess. I just don't know what to do. I mean, he might not even be willing to do it if I'm bleeding moderately or heavily, in which case it's not my decision anyway...
I know it's embarassing but the hospital staff is used to this kind of stuff...they won't think any less of you because Mother Nature comes your way.
Don't stress about this...is no big thing to them!!!
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The only reason they won't do surgery is if you are pregnant.
You will be fine. Best wishes.
When I went to the operating room I told the nurse in there. She said "sweetie there is no modesty in the OR. When you wake up we may have taken off your pad/undies, but you can put them right back on." I even asked what would happen if they took them off after I was knocked out and I was bleeding...she told me there is always blood in the OR and nothing to worry about. It actually had us both laughing and I relaxed.
I was not given a catheter, my Doc wanted me up and using the facilities asap after surgery. And I did. And there was my lovely disposable undies and thick pad!
No worries, just go with it.
Best of luck to you!
It increases your risk of blood clots!! Most surgeons make female patients get off of their oral contraceptives 30 days before a planned surgery for this reason... (I work at a hospital)
Someone else said you can't go to surgery with a tampon in.. I was told that it was just fine to have one...
I asked the same exact question to my WLS office RN when she called and made my surgery appointment.. she said if you have your period, the day of surgery let the intake RN know you have one in, They won't be going anywhere near that area for RNY and it has no affect on what they are doing. Just make sure it's noted you have one in( incase if emergency treatment needed they need to know you have one in)
She said even if you have to be cath'd, the tampon is up in your hoo-ha and it does not interfere with them cathing you if thats what is planned for you (I wasn't)
I just emailed his nurse again and let her know that I still haven't gotten it but that I took a HPT and it was negative and my body is telling me I should have it by tomorrow or Saturday at the latest... Like I mentioned, she told me that he would do it if I was "light" which I will most definitely NOT be, lol. So, I'll just wait and see what she says...
on 12/13/12 8:32 am
I just want to thank you ladies for posting about this. This was my worst nightmare as time got closer. Tomorrow I go in for my surgery and TODAY I got my period. Ah! I feel so much better after reading everyones experience with this. Good to know Im not alone.
I am soooo glad This is on here! Started today my surgery is day after tomorrow. Im horrified! I call the nurse and was all freaked out. Shes like they have seen worse. Im like not the point! She also said no tampons and you dont get to keep panties on. So i kind of feel like some animal or something. I will deal with it for the cause though! But thanks everyone who Wrote here. I feel somewhat better now!