Ladies -- what if you have your period day of surgery?

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Pluot
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   Posted 7/29/2013 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, this is one I haven't encountered yet...

I got my period a couple of days ago and it's still going strong. My surgery is Wednesday morning, so I anticipate I will still have it when I leave my house for the hospital.

What should I do that morning?? I wouldn't want to put in a tampon because who knows when I will have the opportunity to change it post-op, wouldn't want to leave it in too long, etc... On the other hand they always say to take off every single item of clothing except a gown, so I don't know what I would do about wearing a pad either. Any ideas?? I've gotten my period *after* surgery in the hospital and know how to deal, but I don't know what the recommendation is for staying clean in pre-op and through the surgery.
Liz, 26
itslikethisuc.blogspot.com

dx'ed UC pancolitis 5/12

past meds: asacol hd, VSL#3, apriso, rowasa, xifaxan, 6mp, cortifoam, pentasa, cimzia, canasa, butyrate, flagyl, cipro, prednisone, remicade, methotrexate, cholestyramine, cortenema

current meds: none!

step one: colectomy, end ileo 1/16/13
step two: j-pouch construction, loop ileo 5/1/13
step three: takedown 7/31/13

crohnielass
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   Posted 7/29/2013 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I think you may be able to wear a pad and the hospital will provide paper knickers for you to wear during surgery. I would speak to one of the Nurses when you go in. A great question never thought about that before. The things us women have to put up with eh lol!! x
Diagnosed with crohns at 13, right Hemicolectomy in 93, remmision till sept 08, small bowel resections & Entercantaneous fistula excised, along with temp stoma in 09 stoma reversed Apr 2010. 2011 3 more fistula's to deal with!!
Major surgery Jan 2013 had all fistula's, Gallbladder & sections of small bowel removed permenant ileostomy given.

Pluot
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   Posted 7/29/2013 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Um seriously!! When I go to the bathroom I'm peeing, menstruating, passing mucus out of my rectum, and dealing with my ostomy... that is TOO MANY ORIFICES to deal with!
Liz, 26
itslikethisuc.blogspot.com

dx'ed UC pancolitis 5/12

past meds: asacol hd, VSL#3, apriso, rowasa, xifaxan, 6mp, cortifoam, pentasa, cimzia, canasa, butyrate, flagyl, cipro, prednisone, remicade, methotrexate, cholestyramine, cortenema

current meds: none!

step one: colectomy, end ileo 1/16/13
step two: j-pouch construction, loop ileo 5/1/13
step three: takedown 7/31/13

2b ColonFree
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   Posted 7/29/2013 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
surgeons don't care whether you are with period during surgery. it's like there's enough blood already, it doesn't matter to them. i know b/c i asked more than one surgeon and more than once what if i get my period and they always say it doesn't matter to them. i know it sounds gross, but you don't even have to wear anything to keep clean. it doesn't matter to them.
Hodaya
06/05/2007 - STARR procedure
colonic inertia w/pelvic floor dysfunction
08/16/2009 - total colectomy w/ileorectal anastomosis
07/08/2010 - loop ileostomy

colitiscanuck
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   Posted 7/29/2013 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
My surgery is Friday and I just finished my period yesterday. I was so thankful mine came right before surgery so now I done have to worry about the mess post op.
Female 32 dx with UC in 2004, rediagnosed with Crohns Colitis Sept 2012
Current meds
Lomotil
multivitamin
Salt tablets
Seton and Fistula surgery Sept 2012
Loop Ileostomy Dec 16, 2012

Marsky
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   Posted 7/29/2013 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I had my period a few days after my colon resection, my surgery alone kick started my period the surgeon said and so there it was, all over my bedding. Nurses were frantic until I said - oh yeah, he said by the looks of my left ovary I'd be having my period much sooner than expected. They had to use a santitary belt on me because I had so many incisions to constantly check, the two hip grenades to empty and measure, one young nurse said - I have no idea how to use these belts, I laughed with great pain and said - well you're in luck, I remember how they work. Of course maybe now they other options. But the nurses were ever so nice to me once they realized the blood was from my period and not an incision they hadn't noticed that was leaking. They all said - let us deal with the mess, when you get home, your period will be over with. And they were right. I think sometimes things like embarrass the patient far more than the nursing staff, they take it with a grain of salt and continue on.
- Rectal CA 4/29/99, Stage I, 90% sigmoid/15" of colon/GB removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 6-26-99
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Colace 50 mg, twice daily + Probiotic: Renew Life/Ultimate Flora/50 Billion count, twice daily + Cholestyramine 1 T daily

ddd45
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   Posted 7/29/2013 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
been there done that. on more than one surgery occasion.
tell your pre-op nurse when she/he tells you change and put your gown on. obviously tampons must be taken out. but sometimes they just have handed me pads and told them to stuff them between my legs. other times they give me the fancy mesh panties and put pads in them and then the operating nurses cut them off after I was zonked out.

nurses and docs have seen it all, so its no big deal to them

musicmaker516
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   Posted 7/29/2013 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
My period came the day after surgery. Thankfully a nurse had a box of tampons and gave them to me. But - I had to remove the tampon for my cystoscopy procedure. I had my anus sewn shut, a tampon in & was hooked up to a 24 hour bladder irrigation system - had to change tampon in bed - it sucked.
6/2011 - UP, Psoriasis
3/2012 - UC, moderate - severe
12/2012 - Sjorgren's, seronegative poly spondyloarthropothy

Apriso, Cortenema, Canasa, Prednisone, Humira, Colazal - failed,
Omeprazole 40mg/day
Lexapro 10mg/day
Colazol - 2250mg 3x a day
Humira - twice a month
Daily Multi, Calcium Citrate+D, Flax Oil, D3, Probiotics
Steroid Dependent - Surgery was 7-15

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 7/29/2013 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Nurse gave me a pad and mesh panties when I got to the check in room. Like it's been mentioned, it's no big deal to them:-0
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my temporary ileo in 2001
Proctocolectomy w/end ileo in 2008
...wish I knew then what I know NOW!

crohnielass
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   Posted 7/30/2013 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck for tomorrow Liz, you won't need it you will be fine here's to happy & healthier years ahead for you! Bev XX
Diagnosed with crohns at 13, right Hemicolectomy in 93, remmision till sept 08, small bowel resections & Entercantaneous fistula excised, along with temp stoma in 09 stoma reversed Apr 2010. 2011 3 more fistula's to deal with!!
Major surgery Jan 2013 had all fistula's, Gallbladder & sections of small bowel removed permenant ileostomy given.

ByeByeUC
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   Posted 7/30/2013 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck tomorrow! May your takedown be as easy and uneventful as mine was. :)
Marianne

DX Pancolitis in 2005. Family history of UC.
Tried every drug-even Remicade & Cyclosporine (nasty!)-Tried diets-nothing worked-wanted my life back!
Step 1: J-pouch surgery (Laparoscopic restorative proctocolectomy w/ temporary diverting loop ileostomy) 6-25-10
Step 2: Take down surgery (Ileostomy reversal) 10/8/10
No more UC and no more drugs!! Very happy j-poucher!! :)

musicmaker516
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   Posted 7/30/2013 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck Liz :)
6/2011 - UP, Psoriasis
3/2012 - UC, moderate - severe
12/2012 - Sjorgren's, seronegative poly spondyloarthropothy

Apriso, Cortenema, Canasa, Prednisone, Humira, Colazal - failed,
Omeprazole 40mg/day
Lexapro 10mg/day
Colazol - 2250mg 3x a day
Humira - twice a month
Daily Multi, Calcium Citrate+D, Flax Oil, D3, Probiotics
Steroid Dependent - Surgery was 7-15

UCwhat?
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   Posted 7/30/2013 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I will be thinking of you tomorrow, Liz!! I hope everything goes very well and that you love your J-pouch so much that you make me wish I had gotten one too! :)
DX:6/12 Mild UP:got/kept remission w/1 Canasa nightly
MAJOR Flare began end of 11/12
Flex Sig 12/14/12:UC,mod/severe left side
Flex Sig 2/4/13:UC Severe into transverse colon
Prednisone refractory,little to no relief from enemas or Remicade
Proctocolectomy w/end ileostomy 3/13/13
Pathology showed Severe Chronic UC into right colon
Finally off Pred as of 4/24/13
So far my new,healthy life is GREAT!

PSUDOC
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   Posted 7/30/2013 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck Liz!!! Oh, and ask for Bentyl. The spasms didn't kick in until I got home, but they are vicious. Waiting for doc to call it in for me. And I have discovered the joys of butt burn - kind of like during colonoscopy prep.

Be thinking about you tomorrow - you're gonna do great!
Alison
Age 41, married w 10 yo girl and 4 yo boy, working professional
Diagnosed w UC 2002
Tried sulfas, 5ASAs, Imuran, Remicade, Canasa, Rowasa, and way too much Prednisone
Hospitalized 4 times w flares in 2012
Total colectemy 4/2/13
J-pouch construction and rectum removal 5/30/2013
Takedown 7/25/13

Dillysmom
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   Posted 7/30/2013 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Best of luck tomorrow!! Can't wait to read anything and everything you share here! I go for my j-pouch construction on Tuesday (aug 6). So I'm very interested in reading everything you and Alison post as I'm just a step behind!
Diagnosed with UC in 2011
Total colectomy February 10, 2013
J-pouch construction August 6, 2013
Take down possibly October 2013

Pluot
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   Posted 7/30/2013 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everybody!!

I have the early call tomorrow morning (should be sleeping already...) so hopefully by this time tomorrow I will be comfy in my room and posting a good update :-D
Liz, 26
itslikethisuc.blogspot.com

dx'ed UC pancolitis 5/12

past meds: asacol hd, VSL#3, apriso, rowasa, xifaxan, 6mp, cortifoam, pentasa, cimzia, canasa, butyrate, flagyl, cipro, prednisone, remicade, methotrexate, cholestyramine, cortenema

current meds: none!

step one: colectomy, end ileo 1/16/13
step two: j-pouch construction, loop ileo 5/1/13
step three: takedown 7/31/13

Marsky
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   Posted 7/30/2013 9:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck Liz! We'll be thinking of you and cheering you on. Remember, to walk-walk-walk when it's time!
- Rectal CA 4/29/99, Stage I, 90% sigmoid/15" of colon/GB removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 6-26-99
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Colace 50 mg, twice daily + Probiotic: Renew Life/Ultimate Flora/50 Billion count, twice daily + Cholestyramine 1 T daily

notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 7/31/2013 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck today. I take pills continuously so I don't get my period but I would hate having that going on during surgery. I am sorry, I hope it's light so it's not a problem.
Co-moderator: Ulcerative Colitis
Diagnosed with Pancolitis, Laryngopharyngeal Reflux & Migraines. Battling Extreme Exhaustion.
Currently: 6mp (25mg) + Lialda (2400mg) + Canasa (1g PM)

2b ColonFree
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   Posted 7/31/2013 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
best of luck, Liz!!! wishing you an easy and smoothy recovery as pos!!!
Hodaya
06/05/2007 - STARR procedure
colonic inertia w/pelvic floor dysfunction
08/16/2009 - total colectomy w/ileorectal anastomosis
07/08/2010 - loop ileostomy

Pluot
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   Posted 7/31/2013 11:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm alive! More updates to come :)
Liz, 26
itslikethisuc.blogspot.com

dx'ed UC pancolitis 5/12

past meds: asacol hd, VSL#3, apriso, rowasa, xifaxan, 6mp, cortifoam, pentasa, cimzia, canasa, butyrate, flagyl, cipro, prednisone, remicade, methotrexate, cholestyramine, cortenema

current meds: none!

step one: colectomy, end ileo 1/16/13
step two: j-pouch construction, loop ileo 5/1/13
step three: takedown 7/31/13

2b ColonFree
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   Posted 7/31/2013 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   
YAY Liz! that's a good start :D keep going that direction :)
Hodaya
06/05/2007 - STARR procedure
colonic inertia w/pelvic floor dysfunction
08/16/2009 - total colectomy w/ileorectal anastomosis
07/08/2010 - loop ileostomy

PSUDOC
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Total Posts : 360
   Posted 7/31/2013 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Yippee! Keep hitting the pain button tonight, and walk as much as you can. Fingers crossed for a smooth recovery.
Alison
Age 41, married w 10 yo girl and 4 yo boy, working professional
Diagnosed w UC 2002
Tried sulfas, 5ASAs, Imuran, Remicade, Canasa, Rowasa, and way too much Prednisone
Hospitalized 4 times w flares in 2012
Total colectemy 4/2/13
J-pouch construction and rectum removal 5/30/2013
Takedown 7/25/13

UCwhat?
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   Posted 7/31/2013 2:46 PM (GMT -7)   
YAY!! For being alive :)
DX:6/12 Mild UP:got/kept remission w/1 Canasa nightly
MAJOR Flare began end of 11/12
Flex Sig 12/14/12:UC,mod/severe left side
Flex Sig 2/4/13:UC Severe into transverse colon
Prednisone refractory,little to no relief from enemas or Remicade
Proctocolectomy w/end ileostomy 3/13/13
Pathology showed Severe Chronic UC into right colon
Finally off Pred as of 4/24/13
So far my new,healthy life is GREAT!

ByeByeUC
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   Posted 7/31/2013 2:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Walk, walk, walk! And then walk some more....it helps. Hope all is going smoothly so far.....
Marianne

DX Pancolitis in 2005. Family history of UC.
Tried every drug-even Remicade & Cyclosporine (nasty!)-Tried diets-nothing worked-wanted my life back!
Step 1: J-pouch surgery (Laparoscopic restorative proctocolectomy w/ temporary diverting loop ileostomy) 6-25-10
Step 2: Take down surgery (Ileostomy reversal) 10/8/10
No more UC and no more drugs!! Very happy j-poucher!! :)

windy city
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   Posted 7/31/2013 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hopefully today went well and you will be able to post soon! Wishing you a smooth recovery!

Regarding the original topic, I had my menstration during my appendectomy because I was postpartum, got it few hours before my colectomy, because I was hospitalized along time got it again, and then again next week when I go in for surgery! Yippee! Guess I'm getting used to it.
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