How Long Should Using Tampons be Avoided After a Labiaplasty?

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Tampons after surgery

I generally tell patients that tampons cannot be used for six to eight weeks after surgery. However, you should listen to your surgeon.

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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About a month

It depends on how your recovery is going. Usually, patients should wait about a month before using tampons. However, if you heal faster you could use them earlier than that. If you heal more slowly, it’s better to wait over a month. When you see your surgeon for your post-op appointment, s/he should be able to tell you based on how your recovery is going.

Leila Kasrai, MD, FRCSC
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Tampons after labiaplasty

Thank you for your question. I generally recommend 4 weeks after labiaplasty and/or clitoral hood reduction before using tampons and if possible to wait six weeks as there is less chance of disrupting the incisions.  The incisions may not quite be ready for all the friction and pressure that accompanies tampon insertion.
I would definitely check with your surgeon on their post-op instructions.

Young R. Cho, MD, PhD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Tampon use after labiaplasty.

Depending on how soon after labiaplasty surgery your next period occurs, I generally ask my patients to avoid tampons for two menstrual cycles, which allows a bare minimum of about 5 weeks (or up to 7 weeks) for healing to occur.

All scar tissue softening and sensory nerve healing can take 6-12 months or more, but most activities, including intimate ones, are resumed by 6 weeks post op. Tampons are actually not immediately adjacent to the suture lines with labiaplasty, so careful insertion and frequent exchange is possible sooner than this specific recommendation, but I would recommend asking your surgeon first. Best wishes! Dr. Tholen

Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Depends upon the technique


The answer here should be made by your surgeon after your operation. It would vary between 4-6 weeks on average.


Best Regards,


John Di Saia MD

John P. Di Saia, MD
Orange Plastic Surgeon
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Labiaplasty:post operative care

Care after surgery:

  1. tampons gently placed when swelling is gone  , 2-3 weeks
  2. sitz baths
  3. cool compresses
  4. antibacterial cream
  5. no sex for 4-6 weeks and then be gentle

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Postop recovery and restrictions following labiaplasty are very specific.

To provide the most healthy environment for wound healinf following labiaplasty it is important to follow your surgeons specific postoperative restrictions and orders. I ask my patients to keep the labia clean, the labia incisions moistened and the entire area iced for 72 hours. In addition I believe it is importannt to protect the area for 6-12 weeks from activities like bike riding, horseback riding and intercourse. Tampons if placed gently can be used after two weeks but care must be taken to replace them every few hours.

Laurie A. Casas, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Tampons after Labiaplasty

I generally recommend patient avoid tampons (sits baths, swimming, & jacuzzis) for 3 weeks following Labiaplasty and sexual activity for 4 weeks.  Most other activities can be resumed within a wk or two at most...RAS

Ryan Stanton, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Labia Reduction and Tampon Use?

Thank you for the question.

I advise patients to avoid the use of tampons for about one month after surgery. Patients have pads  place at the time of surgery and use pads around the area for one week after surgery. Other postoperative instructions...Bed rest is requested for 2 days with ice on the area during that time. Patients may resume light activity and “desk job” after 3 days but should avoid strenuous activity / sports for at least 3 weeks. Sexual intercourse may be resumed carefully after 4 weeks. I will want to see the patient for a post-operative visit 4-7 days after surgery and then again in a month (if possible).

I tell patients “no boys, no bikes,  and no horses ( horseback riding) for one month after surgery.

I hope this helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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