I'm due for my period the day of my surgery and I will be there overnight. What should I do?


When it comes to surgery, it's always best to check with your healthcare provider. I haven't personally had surgery during my period, but I imagine it’s not much fun. However, one of my close friends told me that the pre-op nurse is a great source for tips on surgery success. They may provide you with a pair of mesh panties with a liner that you can wear, but be sure to ask. Good luck with your surgery!


I tend to be an over-planner and would probably call the nurse’s station of the section of the hospital I’d be staying in, explain my situation, and request their advice. You may not have the time or inclination to do to that, so I did some asking around. Not knowing what kind of surgery you are having, my first recommendation is to bring pads. That way, it’s easier for someone to help you if you need it. The next suggestion is to let the nurses know when you get to your room. Tell them where to find your supplies should you need any help. Last suggestion: don’t worry! If you’re worried about your period starting while you’re in surgery or recovery, know that you probably won’t be the first (or the last) woman this happens to, and that people who work in hospitals are used to cleaning up bodily fluids.


I can imagine that this is a little embarrassing and stressful to be due for your period while you're also undergoing surgery! The good news is that all you need to do is let your nurse or doctor know and they'll make sure you're covered. Chances are you'll need to use a pad but depending on the type of surgery and the length of the procedure, you may be able to use a tampon. Remember all doctors, nurses, and nurses’ aides at the hospital are used to periods and aren't embarrassed at all about talking about it. As a matter of fact, there's a good chance they will ask you when your last period was anyway as part of your pre-surgery questions,  so take the opportunity to share the info then. If you're not asked, just mention it to your nurse and all will be fine. Good luck!

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