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September 19th, 2013, 08:56 AM
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At the end of June I had a horrible gallbladder attack and ended up having it removed on June 24th. I had my period when I had the surgery and my period actually lasted over 10 days but I figured it was the surgery. In July my period didn't come until day 38, which is very late for me, but again I figured it was due to my surgery. In August my period came on day 26 which is slightly early for me but I figured my body was starting to regulate.

Now that I'm on day 30 and no period but my PMS is the worst I've ever experienced and I got a negative this morning I decided to google to see if there is any correlation between gall bladder surgery and having you're period be out of whack and a ton of websites came up with multiple women stating that all of them had irregular cycles after having their gall bladder out. Their OB's can't figure out what the problem is. Has anyone ever had surgery and experienced this? Could I still get pregnant even with my periods so out of whack? I used the OPK's so I know when I'm fertile.

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September 19th, 2013, 11:34 AM
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The only type of surgeries I have had have been D&Cs but they told me up front that those may cause irregular cycle so I am not sure i can really compare. It is possible to get pregnant with irregular cycles - keep in mind that a positive OPK does not necessarily mean you have ovulated just that your body is gearing up to try and ovulate. I know stress can cause irregular cycles so maybe the surgery caused some stress in your life as well? I hope your body regulates soon

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September 19th, 2013, 12:07 PM
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I've never really had an surgeries either. But I now it can take a while for the body to bounce back after any type of trauma. Reproduction is pretty low on the list of important bodily functions while healing. lol

I'd give it at least two more cycles, if things haven't returned to normal by then, I'd make an appointment with the doctor. With the gall bladder being out, your body may have difficulties using your foods properly until it learns how to function with out the bile from the gall bladder. it is very possible that it might send your hormones out of whack at first because what we eat can certainly impact what our body does.
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September 19th, 2013, 12:14 PM
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The only surgeries I've had other than my D&C was getting my tonsils out and getting my wisdom teeth removed. So I'm not sure about the gall bladder surgery. I think it would be worthwhile to make an appointment with your doctor. It might be one of those things that is different for every person, so it's kind of hard to advise on what it might be.

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September 19th, 2013, 12:59 PM
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Thank you ladies. I appreciate everyone's input. Although I usually try to avoid googling stuff I did look up how your cycle can be affected after a surgery, primarily having the gall bladder removed and quite a few women said it threw their cycle off.

I'll take Ashley's advice and see how I am after a few cycles. Although, my cycles are never regular they're usually within the same window so hopefully I'll go back to my "only slightly irregular" cycles soon.

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