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OHSS – Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Hyper-Stimulation Syndrome

Facts about Ovarian Hyper-Stimulation Syndrome (OHSS)

Did you know you could have side effects from the medications used to stimulate your ovaries during the IVF process?  These side effects can range from mild to severe.  Excessive stimulation of the ovaries is called ovarian hyper-stimulation.  This may require removing some of the fluid in the doctor’s office or the hospital and may require a stay in the hospital in 1% of patients.

Be aware of the following body changes and be sure to tell your practitioner if you have any questions or concerns.

You may have mild symptoms of hyper-stimulation during your treatment cycle.  Moderate and severe symptoms occur 6 – 8 days after treatment ends.

Click here for a chart showing Signs and Symptoms of OHSS and what to do if you are experiencing any of the symptoms.

If your period starts, you are likely to begin feeling better.  Pregnancy may prolong or exaggerate these side effects.  It may take up to 10 weeks for the symptoms to resolve if you are pregnant.

REMEMBER:  This chart is only a guide and not intended as a substitute for medical care.  Call your practitioner as soon as possible if you are experiencing any of the symptoms.

If you are preparing for IVF or IUI and would like to optimize your chances for conception, my IVF Prep Program can help.  Being prepared mentally and physically will increase chances for conception and maintaining the pregnancy.  There actually is a good amount of preparation that you can do before your procedures.  Wouldn’t it feel better knowing you have done all you can to prepare ahead of time?  Contact me below and I will be in touch with more information.

I wish you the best on your fertility journey and please pay attention to how you are feeling mentally and physically throughout this process.  Contact your care provider with any signs and symptoms as soon as you have a concern.


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