Second Period after Laparoscopy

Second Period after Laparoscopy
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Have you just recently performed your laparoscopic surgery? Then I don’t have to tell you what the surgery is. But let’s take a quick look at what it is and how it is performed.

Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgery that involves making small incisions in your abdomen. A thin tube with a lens and light source is inserted through the incisions to view the inside of your abdomen. Laparoscopies have helped many patients treat their infertility issues and recover quickly from them.

You might have noticed changes in your periods if you have recently undergone this surgery. The first period is usually painful with heavy bleeding.

But the second period might not come on its date the next month and be delayed. This can scare you, especially if you have always had regular monthly periods.

So, in this article, we’ll explore deeper into your second period after laparoscopy and why it is later than usual.

Why is My Second Period Late After A Laparoscopy?

The reason for your second period late after a laparoscopy because of certain factors:

  • Hormonal imbalance​
  • Your body is recovering​
  • Emotional rollercoaster​
  • Post-surgery medication​
  • Physical stress​
  • First Few Periods After Laparoscopy

You don’t have to worry too much if your second period is late after a laparoscopy. It is a common issue that many women face. Here are some factors that can cause a delayed second period after the surgery.

Hormonal imbalance

Your body’s hormone levels play an important role in your delayed periods. The medication, anesthesia, and fear of undergoing an invasive surgery can mess up your hormone balance, affecting ovulation and menstruation.

This usually results in a delayed period. But it is not a major issue as your period will return once the hormone levels become normal again.

Your body is recovering

Laparoscopy is an outpatient surgery and is less intensive than most other major surgeries. Still, your body might feel pressured and shocked by it. Your delta in periods might be because your body is focusing on healing and recovery.

Emotional rollercoaster

Not just your body but your emotions will also be running wild with anxiety before, during, and after surgery. And if this is your first invasive surgery, your emotions might be going on a roller coaster ride in your head. This can mess with your hormones and delay your periods.

Post-surgery medication

As you know, laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgery. You will be prescribed a ton of post-surgery medication to heal and recover your body. The painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, and other antibiotics can affect your hormones and delay your periods.

Physical stress

Your body needs time to adapt and recover from the physical stress it underwent during the surgery. This, too, is a factor that can delay your period.

First Few Periods After Laparoscopy

The first few periods after your laparoscopy can be a bit stressful. The surgery and your emotions can affect hormone levels and make the first few periods messier. Here is what you can expect from your periods after the surgery.

  • Heavier bleeding than normal.
  • You might get more painful cramps.
  • The period might last longer than it usually does.

This is normal after a laparoscopy, so you don’t need to worry too much about it. Give your body some time to adjust and recover. Your period will become normal over time.

But, if your period doesn’t return to normal or you experience too much bleeding and cramping, it is best to visit your doctor as it might be due to other complications.


It is completely normal for your second period to be late after a laparoscopy. You don’t have to worry, as it will return to normal after your body has fully recovered.

Talk with your Fertility doctor if you have any concerns regarding your periods, and understand the situation fully so as to not worry too much in the future.


Yes, your period will return to normal a few months after a laparoscopy. The main cause of deleted periods is the hormonal fluctuations and physical stress of the surgery. You will get your period once your body has recovered.

Yes, this is one of the downsides of post-laparoscopy. You might experience heavy bleeding, more painful cramping, and longer periods during your first few periods. This is normal, and your period will return to normal after a few months.

Yes, you can get pregnant after a laparoscopy. The surgery won’t affect your ability to conceive in any way. In fact, laparoscopies are usually performed on women to treat their infertility issues and help them get pregnant.

The time you should take to get pregnant after a laparoscopy depends on the intensity of the surgery and how long your body takes to recover. But it is always better for you and your body to wait for at least three to six months before trying to get pregnant.

A laparoscopy is usually performed when you are diagnosed with issues that affect your fertility. So, yes, a laparoscopy can increase your fertility and your chances of getting pregnant.

Dr. Rukkayal Fathima
Dr. Rukkayal Fathima

Dr Rukkayal Fathima, India's Leading Gynaecologist and the best fertility doctor in Chennai. She has 11+ years of experience and treated 1000+ patients. She finished her M. S., Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the Institute of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (Madras Medical College), Chennai. She is a visiting consultant at St. Isabelle Hospital, Motherhood Hospital, Rainbow Hospital & Mehta Hospital. Dr Rukkayal Fathima specialises in Obstetrics care, Early Pregnancy Scan, IVF, ICSI, TESA/Micro TESE, Menopause advice, Gynaecological surgeries and endoscopy. She is a Co-Founder of Hive Fertility, the Best Fertility Center in Chennai.

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