Breast Reconstruction Surgery and Your Period
During our pre-operative appointment with patients, a topic that occasionally arises is menstrual cycles. It is completely normal for women to experience changes with their periods throughout breast cancer treatments. These can be temporary or permanent. Periods can be unpredictable following treatment options like chemotherapy. Surgery can also impact menstrual cycles.
To help reduce any concerns, we answer the most common patient questions associated with breast reconstruction surgery and periods below…
What happens if I am on my period during surgery?
Being on your period at the time of surgery will not impact surgery timing or results. We welcome women to wear/bring pads with them on the morning of surgery if they wish. The hospital can also provide pads if necessary. Tampons should be avoided, however. This is because we can not guarantee when the tampon can be changed, and we do not want to risk Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).
Can breast reconstruction surgery affect your period?
Sometimes, the stress of surgery (both physically and mentally) can affect your normal cycle. It is normal for women to experience irregular periods or spotting after surgery. This is usually temporary, and you should return to your normal cycle soon.
Will my cycle be normal after surgery?
In most cases, your period cycle should return to normal after surgery. However, depending on age and the type of breast cancer treatment, period changes may be permanent or may take longer to return to normal.
Author: Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo and Courtney Floyd
If you are ever concerned about your cycle, we always recommend following up with your Gynecologist for further evaluation and recommendations.
During our pre-operative appointment with patients, a topic that occasionally arises is menstrual cycles. It is completely normal for women to experience changes with their periods throughout breast cancer treatments.