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Period (Menstruating) before Hysterectomy?

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I started my period this morning and I am scheduled tomorrow for my hysterectomy. What do I do? Do I call the doctor's office? Will my surgery be rescheduled?

Being on your period is usually not a problem and rarely is a hysterectomy cancelled because of it. But because there can be a higher risk of infection and blood loss for women on their period, some surgeons do prefer that their patients not be menstruating for surgery. If it were going to be an issue for you, your surgeon likely would have mentioned it when you were scheduling your surgery. However, to be safe and to put your mind at ease, give your doctor's office a call and explain the situation.

The morning of your surgery, head to your scheduled appointment for check-in at the hospital wearing a pad. Usually the nurse will provide guidance as to how to handle the situation from there. In some cases, mesh panties will be provided that will then be removed once you are in the OR. Other times, you will be allowed to prepare for surgery as normal, removing your clothes and putting on the hospital gown, and then a pad will be placed under you after you are positioned on the gurney (hospital bed).

When you wake up after surgery, you will have another pad under you and may be provided with more disposable panties. Depending on the type of surgery, some bleeding or spotting can occur for up to six weeks following surgery.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

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