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Can breast augmentation affect your period

“Will Breast Augmentation Affect Your Period?”

This is the question that many women who are considering breast augmentation ask. It’s understandable, since we’ve all heard horror stories about women whose periods have been completely messed up by their implants. But is this something you should be worried about? And if so, how do you know if it’s happening to you? In this post, we find out can breast augmentation affect your period, can breast surgery delay your period, can breast implants effect hormones, and can you get breast augmentation while on your period.

Here are some of the most important things to know about your period before and after breast augmentation surgery:

1) Sometimes, yes, breast augmentation can affect your period. This is especially true if your surgeon places an implant under your muscle. If he or she does not use a surgical technique called an “anatomic periareolar” incision around the nipple and areola (the dark circle around the nipple), then there is a higher risk of complications with your period.

2) Your doctor should explain all of these risks before surgery so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not to proceed with the procedure based on what has been said about them during this conversation. The good news is that there are many different ways to go about getting implants safely—just make sure your doctor knows which one he or she intends on using before scheduling any procedures

can breast augmentation affect your period

Breast Augmentation and Your Menstrual Cycle

I knew a number of women who felt unease about their period after getting a breast augmentation surgery. Some had light spotting after the procedure, others had delays and some others missed their period.Thus, I encounter a number of women who asked me if breast augmentation can affect their menstrual cycle. Others who were very regular were disturbed about the delay and missed period.

Meanwhile, some, especially those who were in a relationship and were sexually active considered the idea of being pregnant. Not all of them love the thought as some were still young and were still studying. Some were also concerned that they might need to look after their health for their baby. Of course, they don’t want to miss the first months of their pregnancy.

Thus, they started asking. Can breast augmentation delay my period? Can it be the reason that I missed my period?

There is no clear definition of a major surgery. So, it’s difficult to determine if breast augmentation is a major or minor surgery. However, most surgeons consider this procedure a major surgery because it should be approached seriously.

Plastic surgeons have a consensus when it comes to the relation of your menstrual cycle and breast augmentation. All of them agree that a breast enhancement surgery can affect your menstrual cycle. I will explain this further in the next section.

Breast Augmentation May Delay Your Menstrual Cycle

According to Garrett A. Wirth, MD, MS, FACS, there is a possibility that the procedure can affect your period. The stress of the surgery and the anesthesia can change your menstrual cycle. He has heard about this concern a number of times in his practice.

Victor M. Perez, MD, FACS, agreed. According to him, any situation involving stress can cause irregularities in your menstrual cycle. Peter E. Johnson, MD, has the same words to say. Surgery and anesthesia can mess up one’s period.

Johnson added that in some instances, patients tend to have an early period. Meanwhile, some patients experience a delay. Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS, added that there are also cases when some patients missed a period.Breast augmentation is not an easy procedure. Any surgery or trauma to the body can interfere your menstrual cycle. Thus, if your period is delayed or if you already missed it and you just had a breast augmentation, the procedure might be the reason.

Also, in most cases, pregnancy tests are routinely performed by most plastic surgeons prior to the procedure. However, it is still best to have a pregnancy test to ensure if you are pregnant or not, especially if you had a sexual intercourse prior to your expected period. You can also consult with your OB/GYN if you want to.

Nevertheless, it would also be reasonable to wait for your next period prior to doing anything. Observe if your normal cycle resumes.

In general, although surgery and anesthesia can affect your menstrual cycle, its effects should be short-term.

First Period After Breast Augmentation Surgery

Each patient has a different experience when it comes to their menstrual cycle after breast augmentation. Some didn’t experience any difference. Others felt that their breasts were tender and tighter.

A number of women also felt that they were more sensitive, grouchy and moody during their period. They felt hormonal and emotional.

Some others experience heavy flow while others have a light one post-op. Others also experience extreme cramping and bloating.

I can’t tell you exactly how your first period after the procedure will be. But this section aims to give you an overview of the different experiences that women underwent in their first menstrual cycle following the breast enhancement surgery.

Breast Augmentation While On Period

Now, that you already know that breast augmentation surgery can affect your period, probably you are wondering if you can get the procedure during your period. The answer is yes.

A number of patients have undergone the procedure while they are having their period. In most cases, you have to schedule the surgery weeks or months away. This depends on the schedule of your surgeon.

If you go after a surgeon with a full schedule, you will probably wait for months to have the surgery done. By then, you might have missed to consider if you will be having your period at that time or not.

If you feel that you will be having your period during the procedure, you have to inform the pre-op nurse. In most cases, they will allow you to wear whatever is most comfortable for you. However, some may discourage the use of tampons. Others may provide disposable panties that you can wear with a pad.

Also, some may give you a pack of birth control pills that can delay your period for another 8-9 days. But this is really not necessary because having your period during breast augmentation is just fine.According to Paul Vitenas Jr., MD, there is no reason to reschedule the surgery as it is completely safe. There is little blood loss during cosmetic surgery and it is manageable. But he added that some women are a bit more sensitive during their cycle. However, it is not a major concern.

The surgeons agree that your period is not a big deal. It does not affect the procedure, but it may be a hassle during your recovery.

If you are feeling disturbed because your period is due, but it is still not in and you just had a breast augmentation then perhaps the procedure is to blame. However, you have to observe your menstrual cycle. The effects of the surgery and the anesthesia on your monthly cycle should not be long-term.Also, this is not the case for all patients. Some just have their normal period, some have delays and others have missed it. If you suspect that you are pregnant, you can take a pregnancy test. If you are not sexually active and you are sure that you are not pregnant, you can wait for the next cycle before you do anything. You can also consult with your OB/GYN.

can general anesthetic affect your period

Does local anesthesia affect menstrual cycle?

05) in anesthetic duration and injection discomfort. Injection discomfort and clinical effectiveness of local anesthetics are not related to sex, phases of the menstrual cycle, or use of oral contraceptives.

Can surgery affect your period flow?

Surgery. Undergoing surgery of any kind can affect ovulation and the menstrual cycle.

How long does it take for periods to regulate after surgery?

It may take a month or two to fully revert to normal.

Does Anesthesia mess with hormones?

Neural blockade induced by regional anesthesia or local anesthetics have a direct impact on endocrine and metabolic response. Regional anesthesia with the present consciousness, but with sympathetic blockade caused a greater suppression of hormonal responses than the general balanced anesthesia.

Does general anesthesia affect ovulation?

The use of general anesthesia, especially nitrous oxide, for oocyte retrieval has an adverse effect on IVF outcome. This deleterious effect manifests itself only after embryo transfer and leads to lower pregnancy and delivery rates.

What are the side effects of Anaesthetic?

Some common side effects that can occur after a general anaesthetic or some regional anaesthetics include: feeling or being sick. dizziness and feeling faint. feeling cold or shivering. headaches. itchiness. bruising and soreness. difficulty peeing. aches and pains.

Can general anesthesia cause late period?

Any stress such as surgery can affect your circulating hormone levels and can change the regularity of your cycle. Although it seems awful to get your period on the day of your surgery and inconvenient during your recovery, don’t stress it.

Why has my menstrual cycle suddenly changed?

During your lifetime, your menstrual cycle and periods change and evolve due to normal age-related hormonal changes and other factors such as stress, lifestyle, medications and certain medical conditions.

What happens if I have my period during surgery?

Don’t worry – It’s okay if you have your period the day of your surgery or while you are in the hospital! This will not cause your surgery to be cancelled. Most likely you won’t be allowed to wear a tampon while in surgery. Instead, you will be given a pad to wear.

Is it normal to get your period again after surgery?

Many women do not have their next normal menstrual cycle for four to six weeks after surgery. When your normal cycle returns, you might notice heavier bleeding and more discomfort than usual.

Can you still have periods without ovaries?

Removal of one ovary still allows a woman to continue to menstruate and to have children, as long as the remaining ovary is not damaged. When both ovaries are removed, menstrual periods stop, a woman can no longer become pregnant, and estrogen and progesterone are no longer produced by the reproductive system

can breast surgery delay your period

Women planning on plastic surgery often voice concern over their menstrual cycle and the timing of surgery. Many are concerned that having their period at the same time as their surgery may cause some issues. Women who are on their period do not have any increased risk of complications, so it is perfectly safe to undergo surgery while on your period. Some women have symptoms such as abdominal cramping and mild breast swelling and tenderness associated with their menstrual cycle, but these symptoms do not tend to affect the surgical course.

If you have surgery scheduled and expect your period to coincide with surgery it is fine to use your normal female hygiene products. Patients can use the restroom right before surgery and then again after. If your surgery is greater than 3 hours, a urinary catheter may be used and will be unaffected by your menses.

Also be prepared for a possible change in your cycle after a surgical procedure. Any stress such as surgery can affect your circulating hormone levels and can change the regularity of your cycle.

Although it seems awful to get your period on the day of your surgery and inconvenient during your recovery, don’t stress it. Regardless of where you are in your menstrual cycle, you can proceed with your plastic surgical procedure without worry.

If you have any concerns about plastic surgery, please don’t hesitate to contact Desert Hills Plastic Surgery Center by calling 702-260-7707. Our office is located in Henderson, Nevada, and we are pleased to serve patients throughout the Las Vegas area and visitors from across the country.

can breast implants effect hormones

Now, before you worry that I’m going to get all anti-augmentation, let me put your mind at rest. Your body is your business. And, in my opinion, you are free to insert/implant/pierce/tattoo/change any part you feel the need to. So long as you’re safe. And it’s that safety, or lack thereof where breast implants are concerned, that has me, well, concerned.

Breast Implants Problems – Augmented Reality

If you’ve had breast augmentation and have been feeling under the weather for a while, the answer to what’s going on could literally be under your nose. Yup, as you’ve probably already guessed, enhancing your breasts can massively reduce your wellbeing. You’d think that, as boob jobs have existed since the late 19th century, they’d be well studied and super-safe in 2021. But if you read my piece on women’s medicine earlier this month, you’ll be completely unsurprised to learn that precisely zero research went into the safety of sticking things into our boobs.

The journey to today’s silicone and saline bags began, unbelievably with the implantation of glass or ivory. By the 1920s, augmentation had moved on to injections of fatty tissue and/or syringefuls of silicone directly into the body. At no point did anyone actually check what might happen to a woman with glass in her chest, or whether silicone might have some side effects. A century on, and the modern augmentation industry appears to have learned very little when it comes to the long-term effects of the surgery.

Are silicone implants risky insertions?

With the increasing popularity of breast enhancement procedures, there has been a concerning trend emerging – a high instance of endocrine, immune, and neurological conditions among women with implants. While breast implants can enhance one’s physical appearance, they also come with their own set of risks and potential side effects.



One of the most common side effects of breast implants is inflammation. This can occur as the body’s immune response to the foreign object inserted during the procedure. Inflammation can lead to pain, discomfort, and can even affect the appearance of the breasts. In some cases, inflammation can become chronic and require medical intervention to treat.



Infections are another risk associated with breast implants. Due to the nature of the procedure and the insertion of a foreign object, there is a higher risk of developing infections post-surgery. Infections can cause pain, swelling, and in severe cases, may require the removal of the implants to prevent further complications.



Scar tissue is a common occurrence after any surgical procedure, including breast augmentation. However, the formation of scar tissue can sometimes be more pronounced and painful in women with breast implants. This can result in discomfort, changes in breast shape, and may require additional treatment to manage.



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It is important for individuals considering breast augmentation to weigh the potential risks and side effects before undergoing the procedure. Consulting with a qualified medical professional and discussing your concerns can help mitigate some of these risks and ensure a successful outcome.

Breast augmentation risks

Breast implantation surgery, though, carries not just those risks, but many, many more. And they get much worse. Firstly, that aforementioned scar tissue can actually squeeze the implant to the point of rupture. And that’s before we get to the ten-year lifespan of said implant. At which point it can begin to break down and leave you feeling horrendous.

But what about the devices themselves? Both silicone and saline breast implants have their own unique set of possible health problems. If silicone leaks into your system, it can cause havoc with your body and even harden your organs. And don’t forget the 30+ known neurotoxins and carcinogens that go into making the outer shell containing that silicone.

Saline implants don’t fare much better. While leaking isn’t such a problem, they do come with the added bonus of fungus and mold. I’ll just repeat that. Fungus. And mold. In our boobs. Both of these biotoxins have been found in the liquid and valve of saline implants. Not only can they infect your breast tissue, if they spread, you’re in for severe nerve and muscle pain and even neurological disorders.

Can breast implants lead to hormonal nightmares?

And if all that isn’t enough, breast implants have also been linked to Hashimoto’s disease. You may well already be familiar with the condition as it’s the most common thyroid issue in America. It, of course, affect more women than men and can be absolutely debilitating. At it’s core, Hashimoto’s occurs when your immune system attacks the thyroid gland in your throat. It’s a slow-burning condition that can take years to diagnose.

Under attack, the gland begins to break down and stop properly producing the hormones that we so need. Symptoms can be wide-ranging and individual but include weight gain, hair loss, low thyroid hormone, dry skin, brittle nails, dizziness, weakness, low temperature, constipation, sleep disturbance, crazy periods… Frankly, it’s a hormonal nightmare.

Breast augmentation and Hashimoto’s

So how, exactly, can breast implants in any way influence your thyroid gland? That’s a question that the medical community struggles to answer. But then, they don’t really know what causes it in patients that don’t have breast implants either. Let’s consider the evidence.

The symptoms reported by those with Breast Implant Illness, as it’s sometimes called, are scarily familiar. They include weight gain, hair loss, low thyroid hormone, dry skin, brittle nails, dizziness, weakness, low temperature, constipation, sleep disturbance, crazy periods… It’s basically the definition of Hashimoto’s. And it’s well known that autoimmune conditions can be triggered by long-term exposure to chemical and biotoxicity.

Booby trapped

As you might imagine, some doctors – mostly plastic surgeons – continue to deny any causal link between implants and chronic illness. And if you looked at the official research, you’d agree with them. That research, though, is questionable. Studies paid for by implant manufacturers and conducted by the surgeons that sell them led to biased results. But what made this situation worse was the chronic under-reporting of post-surgery symptoms. Until recently, American plastic surgeons were not required to report severe side effects to the authorities. Which means that no one had any idea how bad the situation really was.

So, if you’ve got implants and any of those symptoms sound familiar, the best thing you can do is see your doctor. A couple of simple blood tests will provide a good, if not perfect, indicator of how ill you might be. From there, there are plenty of treatment options that can help you regain your health. Hormone replacement and thyroid surgery can have enormous benefits. But, perhaps, the best way to feel better is to have your breast implants removed. That can stop the toxins, and start the detox journey your body so desperately needs.

If you’re still deciding whether to have implants, make sure you’re well-informed and aware of all the potential risks. Find a good surgeon who’s honest about long-term care. And most importantly of all, keep a close eye on your wellbeing, post-surgery. You might just save yourself years of ill-health.

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can you get breast augmentation while on your period

Concerns about surgery and menstruation are some of the most frequently asked questions our Client Support Team get. If you’ve stumbled across the numerous sources stating that having surgery while on your period (or undergoing general anaesthesia while menstruating) is perfectly safe, we’re not here to discount that—technically you can have your period during some surgical procedures*. What we do want to point out is that it’s not ideal to have certain plastic surgery during menstruation. In fact, some CosMediTour Surgeons will postpone procedures if their client is due to get their period 3 days pre- or post-surgery.

As disheartening as this can be to hear, the reasons why our Surgeons state that it’s not ideal to have your period during surgery are extremely important. We recommend that clients undergoing Breast Surgery, Mummy Makeover, and Labiaplasty in particular, read the top 5 reasons below and then contact their Client Manager to discuss their concerns further in person. If you have, or could potentially have a blood clotting problem, please let us know and contact your General Practitioner (GP) to ask can surgery be done during menstruation.

*Note, if your Surgeon does deem it safe for you to have your period during surgery, it’s important that you let nursing staff know so that they can care for you properly during recovery. Please only wear a pad on surgery day—tampons increase your risk of infection.

Reason 1: Hormone Levels & Healing

So, if some surgeons answer, ‘yes’, when asked can surgery be done during menstruation, and some answer, ‘no’, what are the reasons for it? The first relates to your hormone levels and how they affect your body’s ability to heal. Studies have shown that, in some cases, women who have their period during surgery experience an increased risk of poor scarring and slow wound healing after the procedure. This is a result of elevated hormone levels—for some women, the spike is higher than others.

Everyone’s period is different, and you know your body best. It can be a good idea to speak to your GP if you’re planning a plastic surgery procedure, so that they can talk to you more about hormone levels and what to expect in terms of healing.

Reason 2: Haematoma Risk

Clients who have an existing blood clotting issue may be at greater risk of haematoma if they undergo surgery while menstruating. Haematoma and blood clotting are common risks for all surgical procedures. To ensure that you have an optimal experience with CosMediTour, please be upfront about your health conditions when completing your free assessment for Surgical Recommendation. Your Surgeon will also ask you to be open and honest about your health and medications (including over-the-counter medications) during consultations. This is because they need to know all about you so that they can keep you safe during surgery.

Reason 3: Breast Size Increase

Some women experience an increase in breast size, and overall body size, in the lead up to their period. While these temporary changes can be minor in some women, others can go up 2 to 3 sizes during menstruation. If this is the case for you, and you’re planning to undergo Breast or Body Surgery, your Surgeon may need to postpone your procedure. This is because some of the important surgical decisions (e.g. what size implants to choose) can be impacted. If you go ahead with the surgery without letting your Surgeon and their medical team know, they may think that your bleeding post-surgery is a rare complication. To get the most optimal care and results, be upfront about your period, no matter how uncomfortable the conversation may seem.

Reason 4: Unneeded Personal Discomfort

Aches and pains, such as lower back pain, muscle and abdominal cramps are commonly associated with menstruation. The degree of menstrual discomfort varies between clients but does have the ability to cloud your overall Thailand plastic surgery experience. Getting plastic surgery should be an exciting time—not one when you feel run down and uncomfortable. What’s more, the medications you take to cope with the pain, even if just paracetamol, may impact your Surgeon’s ability to operate. Be kind to yourself and learn to track your menstrual cycle so that you can go into surgery anticipating your stunning results and feeling your best.

Reason 5: Extended Recovery

The side effects of menstruation – bloating, fluid retention, diarrhoea, and constipation – are similar to those caused by general anaesthetic. While you can safely go under anaesthesia while on your period, you may experience side effects as you recover. It’s normal for your body to swell while it heals (and constipation from anaesthesia is also normal). The problem with having your period thrown into the mix is that you won’t know what is causing your body’s reaction and it could last longer due to the cumulative effect. Again, this is not a safety issue, as such, but it can add to the time your body takes to normalise after the stress of surgery.

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