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Birth Control Pills before Hysterectomy

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Birth Control Pills and HysterectomyI am currently using birth control pills to try to help with my symptoms. When should I stop taking them before my surgery?


Each doctor has a different protocol for when women should stop taking birth control pills prior to a hysterectomy. Your specific health condition and diagnosis can play a role as to when you should take your last pill.

If you are using birth control pills to help with bleeding issues, you may be instructed to take your pills right up to the day of surgery. The goal in this case is to help minimize bleeding and anemia concerns in the days leading to surgery. If you have painful periods or cyst issues, you may also be instructed to continue the pills up until surgery.

On the other hand, if you have endometriosis, you may be asked to stop taking birth control pills before surgery. The theory in this case is that the implants can be more visible and easier to remove without the hormones.

Furthermore, birth control pills can increase the risk of blood clots during and following surgery. If your doctor foresees this as a problem for you, you may be instructed to stop taking your pills prior to your hysterectomy.

HysterSisters that were asked to stop taking their pills prior to surgery reported stopping one week, two weeks, or even four weeks prior to surgery. In some cases, women were instructed to stop the pills when they finished the last package prior to surgery.

Because of the many variables and risks involved, you need to speak to your surgeon about when to stop taking birth control pills before a hysterectomy. For your own safety, follow your surgeon’s instructions regardless of what others may be instructed to do.



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.

07-10-2013 - 10:49 PM


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