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Old 06-08-2010, 12:55 PM   #1
 
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I have an Answer for Period during surgery Question!! :)

I asked my PS today.. If I have my period during surgery.. should I wear a pad or a tampon? I said "pad right?" he's like "no! tampon!!" I asked him why, and he said because it won't matter if you wear a tampon.. you just go home and change it!! ha I don't know...I liked his answer though.. so I think we are overthinking things sometimes.. it's okay to have your period during surgery.. he said that he's found that most girls have their periods during surgery..because the stress and stuff before hand throws us off haha..

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wear a tampon. (probably whatever you are most comfortable with!)
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I was wondering about this as well . . hopefully my cycle doesnt switch up on me that way i can plan mines b4 it starts. otherwise im thinking a B.A plus a Period would equal a TRAINWRECK! or maybe not? the meds could help lol

i probably would do a tampon anyhow.
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I was told you could not have any foriegn objects in your body including earings during surgery. I have my preop tommorrow so I will find out for sure what my PS says, and I will be lucky enough to be on mine during surgery.
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Isn't it funny how different these surgeons are??
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Huh...I never even thought of this question before! I'm more worried about having my period when I'm in Vegas six weeks post-op - my husband would be ticked off if I had my period on our first child-free vacation in four years!!
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lol i just asked the same question today also ..Thanks for the info
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I've had about 8 surgeries throughout my entire life, & if the Dr isn't sure how long you are going to be under for they want you to use a pad simply for the fact that they don't want you to get toxic shock syndrome. Being that a breast augmentation is a simple in & out procedure that usually takes about an hour,there is no risk for TSS. You should be perfectly fine wearing a tampon during surgery. I've had a surgery that lasted 8 hours, so that was more of a concern I guess...
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I've had about 8 surgeries throughout my entire life, & if the Dr isn't sure how long you are going to be under for they want you to use a pad simply for the fact that they don't want you to get toxic shock syndrome. Being that a breast augmentation is a simple in & out procedure that usually takes about an hour,there is no risk for TSS. You should be perfectly fine wearing a tampon during surgery. I've had a surgery that lasted 8 hours, so that was more of a concern I guess...

Yep I mentioned to him about TSS..and he told me that we aren't under long enough for that to be a concern. I guess I just thought that we shouldn't wear tampons if there is a complication during surgery of something! but I hope to NOT have my period during surgery..just so I don't have to think about it. I don't really care though I guess..
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lol i just asked the same question today also ..Thanks for the info
haha yep this seemed to be on the boards lately..so i wanted to just tell everyone what i was told by my PS.
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Huh...I never even thought of this question before! I'm more worried about having my period when I'm in Vegas six weeks post-op - my husband would be ticked off if I had my period on our first child-free vacation in four years!!
aw that would totally suck! i hope you don't get it then
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I was told you could not have any foriegn objects in your body including earings during surgery. I have my preop tommorrow so I will find out for sure what my PS says, and I will be lucky enough to be on mine during surgery.
this is what I had thought till I asked my PS.. every PS is sooo different.. it's almost as if there is no right or wrong in this type of thing i guess!
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I was wondering about this as well . . hopefully my cycle doesnt switch up on me that way i can plan mines b4 it starts. otherwise im thinking a B.A plus a Period would equal a TRAINWRECK! or maybe not? the meds could help lol

i probably would do a tampon anyhow.

I don't think that it would equal trainwreck.. haha i'm just hoping i'm not going to be PMSing the week before.. now THAT would equal trainwreck haha
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I was supposed to start my period the day of my surgery, and my PS told me to only wear a pad, and no tampons are allowed in patients she's doing surgery on.
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The earrings thing I would think is incase your heart stops and they have to shock you, you'd get BBQ'd ear lobes!!! but yea, tampons I don't see why not for this short procedure.

Bell, did you ask her why? I'd be interested to find out her reason.

I'm supposed to start the day before, but lately I have been 3-5 days late every month, so lets hope that on the month when I WANT to be late I am lol
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Tampon during surgery? No.

I work preop in a surgery center where we do many, many breast augs and other surgeries. We require ALL our surgical patients to remove tampons before surgery. The reasons being TSS risk and that after surgery you are "loopy" for several hours and you may forget that the tampon is in and subsequently fail to remove it later!
We give these patients a pad and some disposable underwear to hold the pad in place.
Due to the stress related to the anticipation of the upcoming surgery, it is very common to start your period (unexpectedly) the day before of the day of your surgery.
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I just saw that it's an old thread after already answering, lol. But hopefully it'll help someone that's wondering what to do

I didn't ask my PS and I was going to just wear a tampon. Then before the surgery, the nurse asked if I had a tampon in and told her I do. She was very adamant that I take it out and wear a pad instead, her reasoning was that I would forget to take it out because of how sleepy I will be from all the meds. I did what she wanted me to do and I remember after surgery when I got home I was thinking that I should have just wore a tampon, I was totally not foggy enough to forget than I had a tampon in.

Try to wear a small one, if you wear a big one that's hard to take out you might need someone else's help to pull it out

Wearing a pad isn't a big deal either though, just more messy.
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I was on day 2 of my period the day of my surgery. What great luck is that? That being said, I use the Diva Cup, and that can stay in for 10-12 hours, so I wasn't worried about the period itself (more just how the PMS/period symptoms could make recovery worse).
Can I also now make a quick plug for menstrual cups? They're like $30, you never have to buy pads or tampons for about 10 years (Save tons of money), it's TONS better on the environment (think of all that plastic and paper work), there's little no risk of TSS or other chemicals in your body, AND you can keep it in for 10-12 hours and not even have to think about it. I started using them a year ago and they radically changed my period... not just on surgery day
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Ugh.. I'm super bad at tracking my period but have been the past few months for my gyno dr.. I just did the math and I'm due to start the day before surgery!! Looks like packing some pads. 😢

Clairece, I've looked into the diva cup. I heard it can be messy. I'm a little afraid of trying it.


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Do I think a tampon during surgery would likely kill someone? No. Do I think it's a good idea? No.

Tampons, in general, increase bloating by "plugging up" blood flow at a time when your body is naturally trying to rid itself of toxins via your period (yes, menstruation, is our body's natural detox process). Occassonal use is fine: like a nice dinner or a swim party, or other occasions in which you don't want your pad showing through, but for something like surgery I would opt for pads, which will be getler to your body while it undergoes the stress of surgery. This is what I did, I started the day before surgery, and I probably would have killed over if I had to suffer any extra, unnecessary bloating lol.
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