Does Surgery Affect The Menstrual Cycle?


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Florent Lefortier Profile
Surgery can definitely affect your menstrual cycle, yes.

Why Would Surgery Affect Your Period?
Any kind of stress can cause disruptions to your menstrual cycle - it’s your body’s natural reaction to trauma.

Think of it as a defense mechanism: When humans lived “in the wild”, stress or trauma would have meant that having a baby would be unsafe for both the mother and child.

Back then, things that would have produced stress would have been:

  • A major journey
  • Living in cold conditions
  • Injury or illness
  • Dangerous animals in the area
Obviously, you wouldn’t want to bring a baby into the world with all this going on!

Nowadays, although the things that cause us stress aren’t always life-threatening, our bodies are still programmed to act as if they were.

Your body, by stopping menstruation, is trying to stop you from conceiving. Pretty smart, eh?

You’re A Guy; How Do You Know?!
My girlfriend had to have surgery on her knee last year, and her period was delayed by about three weeks. I went to the doctor with her because she was worried that she was actually pregnant.

Turns out, it’s totally normal for menstruation to be disrupted when the mind or body has gone through something traumatic.

Your menstrual cycle should return to normal within a month or two, so just try not to worry about it - the more stressed you get, the more it's going to be disrupted!
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I don't know for sure, but I just had surgery 10 days ago and I have my period for the second time this month, so I'd say yes.
camen marcano Profile
camen marcano answered
I had surgery to remove a cyst on my ovary, and my entire ovary as well. It has been two months and I still haven't gotten my period, but I feel so fat and bloated.

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