Surgery while having your period? IDK what to do...

on 9/10/09 6:33 am - MA
RNY on 09/14/09 with
So, my surgery is scheduled for Monday, as in 4 days from now.

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...

on 9/10/09 6:44 am - Fenton, MI
Go get on the pill, take the pill til after your surgery then stop taking it , let your body have the period then.I WOULD NOT  let my period ruin your surgery

Mary C.
on 9/10/09 6:51 am - Canada
Don't stress over it - if you are a tampon user - you CANNOT go to the OR with a tampon in - so as bulky and nasty as they are - you will have to use a pad for that period of time. I was on my period when I had my RNY - my nurse was Walter - he was awesome and helpful and never gave it a second thought. And as luck should have it - when I had my recent internal hernia repair- yep you guessed it- on my period again. And - to the nursing staff - it was no big deal. I will add that for both of my surgeries I was on injections of Heparin (blood thinner) for a period of time post-op - and I blame that on my periods then being pro-longed. Maybe it wasn't - I don't know. In any case - I highly doubt your surgery would be cancelled due to you being on your period. Pregnancy - now that's another matter----------Good luck!

PuggyDawn S.
on 9/10/09 6:57 am - San Antonio, TX
RNY on 01/10/07 with
They will not cancel your surgery due to your period.  I started my period the day of my surgery (thanks Mother Nature) and I put in a tampon and then when I woke up, they had "pulled the plug" and I had a cath.  I just used pads while it was going on.

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 no big thing to them!!!

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on 9/10/09 7:16 am
Relax. Don't worry.   One seminar nurse I talked with several years ago said  most  women have their periods on the day of surgery because they get so nervous and the hormones come into play.   I didn't but much thought into that until I was having my surgery and I got my period the night before...  I have heavy periods - no issues other than I asked if I could wear my underwear to surgery vs. the paper underwear they provide.  And they let me - no problems there.  I did end up throwing it away after I changed into my going home clothes.   All in all it was really a relief to have that part of the month done with in the first week and to be able to recover for a month before having to deal with it again.  

The only reason they won't do surgery is if you are pregnant.  
on 9/10/09 7:30 am - Columbia City, IN
Won't cancel your surgery.  I even had a hysterectomy and ovaries out while I was having a bloody mess of a period.  No problem, other than you may have some cramping lower down your abdomen while you are having pain higher up.

You will be fine.  Best wishes.
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on 9/10/09 9:51 am
I had mine the day of surgery-brought my own "stuff" -not tampons- but they just gave me their fancy pants(disposable undies) and a pad the size of a crib mattress. I was very conscious about but the staff was reassuring that it happens all the time Definitely not fun but with the stress of surgery it stopped the next day and came back with a vengance the next month.  Now it is more normal after 3 months.
on 9/10/09 9:53 am - Beaufort, SC
I would not worry about it. I just had my surgery on the 25th of August. I was one of the unlucky women who started my period the morning of my surgery. The nursing staff was wonderful. They will help you with what ever needs to be done. They will give you mesh shorts to use until your catheter  is taken out which for me was the day after surgery.  None of the nurses seem to be suprised by women starting their period after a major surgery, it is just one of the facts of life that we have to deal with. Don't worry everything will be ok.
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on 9/10/09 10:13 am
No worries! I just had RNY a week ago and I was on the heaviest day of my "dot". I was mortified (as I sense you are feeling) but when I got to pre-op I quietly told the nurse. She told me to remove my tampon and use disposable undies they provided with a pad. It sucked, but it was what it was.

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!

on 9/10/09 10:27 am
I started my period during the surgery.  I have IUD and so I get very light or no periods at all so I have lost count of when my last one was.  Then when I woke up from the surgery all I remember is that my back was killing me.  They told me it was because they had me on a hard steel table for few hours but I knew better.  When I went to the bathroom, I realized I had started.  They was so sweet and provided several throw away panties and pads so you will be fine.  Don't stress.  Good luck on your surgery.
on 9/10/09 10:33 am - Owings Mills, MD
This has become a big fear for me now.   I had an endometrial ablation in 2004 and if I do get a "period" it's so light as to be TRACE.  But I am betting that I get my first period in 5 years when I have surgery....
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Stacy M.
on 9/10/09 11:04 am, edited 9/10/09 11:24 am - Woodbury, MN
Someone commented to go quick get on the pill ... DO NOT DO THAT!
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) 


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on 9/10/09 11:18 am - MA
RNY on 09/14/09 with
Thank you all so much for the replies!! You have no idea how much better you made me feel :) 

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 6/27/11 9:40 pm - CT
Thank you so much for this post! I am scheduled to have my RNY tomorrow and I am almost positive my dreaded "." is on the way...All these posts have eased my mind...Now I can sleep...
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.

on 1/7/13 3:00 pm - Tucson, AZ
VSG on 01/09/13

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!

on 5/28/14 11:20 am, edited 5/28/14 11:27 am

My gastric sleeve surgery is scheduled for TOMORROW and I just got my period I had asked my Dr's office while scheduling cause I knew it was cutting it close and she said no worries. Well now my fear is reality and I'm worried. After reading all of the posts on here I def feel better but still embarrassing.

on 9/10/09 8:08 pm, edited 9/10/09 8:09 pm
I was on mine when I went in for surgery-heavily!  They just put a pad on me- no problem at all!  It should not affect anything.