Pain after egg retrieval is one of the most common complaints people undergoing fertility treatment. Many side effects are indicated after egg retrieval , such as bloating, abdomen pain, etc. Here we want to discuss pain after egg retrieval, which can cause due to many reasons.
In this article we want to talk about:
- Sharp pain After Egg Retrieval
- Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS)
- OHSS vs. Pain after egg retrieval
- How to decrease post egg retrieval pain?
Sharp pain after egg retrieval
This can be happened for several reasons, and also it may cause different types of pain in different people. So, it’s important to know about it and learn how to get rid of sharp pain after egg retrieval.
As you know, Hormone administration is essential for IVF and other infertility treatment and after this process some people may face OHSS but this is not common but due to hormonal fluctuation and invasive procedure in egg retrieval, some discomforts are usual which we are going to talk about them below.
- Sharp pain in pelvic area: Some women experience pain throughout the pelvic area, including the area below the belly button and between the hip bones. This may be due to the stimulation of the ovaries and the egg retrieval process itself. So, it’s normal. Don’t be afraid!
- Abdomen pain: The most common area where women experience discomfort or pain after egg retrieval is the lower abdomen. As in pelvic area pain, this is because the ovaries are stimulated and punctured to collect the eggs. This pain is often described as similar to menstrual cramps and can range from mild to moderate. Some women experience bloating and feeling fullness and pressure in the abdomen due to fluid leakage from the follicle into the abdominal cavity.
- Back pain: Back pain after egg retrieval can be caused by pain in the pelvis or abdomen.
- Vaginal area pain: Some women may experience discomfort and slight bleeding in the vaginal area after the egg pickup procedure. This is because egg retrieval requires access to the ovaries by inserting a needle through the vagina. So. It’s natural, and no need to worry.
With over 5 years of professional experience in fertility treatments, TebMedTourism has never complained of severe sharp pain after egg retrieval. I owe this to my colleagues’ advice and follow-up in this process.
Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS)
OHSS is a serious complication that can occur when the ovaries are overstimulated by the hormones used during the IVF process. It is important to understand that OHSS is relatively rare, occurring in a small fraction of IVF cycles, and severe cases are even rarer. In this situation, some women may experience ovary pain.
OHSS can cause the ovaries to swell and leak fluid into the abdomen or chest. Symptoms range from mild to severe and may include:
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Weight gain
- Swollen abdomen
- Decreased frequency of urination
- Breathing shortness
Symptoms of OHSS can be different among people, and some of the other indications can be: shoulder pain, diarrhea, dry hair and skin, high blood concentration, etc.
Although mild OHSS can be uncomfortable and usually resolves on its own, severe OHSS is an emergency and requires immediate medical attention. It is important to report any serious or worsening symptoms to your healthcare provider as soon as possible.
Duration of Pain After Egg Retrieval
The duration of pain after egg retrieval varies among people, but usually subsides within a few days to a week.
After egg pickup, it is important to follow your doctor’s instructions, such as resting, staying hydrated, etc, which we will talk about them.
OHSS vs. Pain After Egg Retrieval
Because some symptoms overlap, it can be difficult to distinguish between normal post egg retrieval pain and OHSS. The main difference is usually in the severity and duration of symptoms.
Postoperative pain usually begins immediately after surgery and gradually subsides over a few days. It is usually mild to moderate and can be treated with over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers. If pain is severe, worsening, or lasts longer than a few days, it may be a sign of OHSS or another complication.
OHSS usually presents with rapid abdominal enlargement, severe abdominal pain, and other symptoms described above. These symptoms may appear within a week after egg retrieval, but may appear several days later in pregnancy.
Finally, any post egg pickup pain or concerns about possible OHSS in you should be reported to the healthcare provider immediately. They can assess symptoms, diagnose accurately, and provide appropriate treatment and reassurance.
How to Decrease Post Egg Retrieval Pain?
You can use these tips on what to do as part of your post-recovery plan and possibly continue for a few days:
- Use heating pad: Make sure your heating pad is warm as soon as you get home. Placing a heating pad on your abdomen can help reduce vaginal pain and spasms that occur during egg retrieval.
- Medication: Using Tylenol for minor discomfort is not comfortable. Be sure to ask your doctor exactly what pain relievers are available, as certain medications, such as ibuprofen, should not be taken after egg retrieval.
- Eating: After the egg retrieval, you should hydrate with electrolytes and water, eat high-fiber foods like chia, flax seeds, sweet potatoes, prunes which are high in sorbitol and… you might want to get a stool softener like Colace to help things move along gastric system.
- Drinking: To get rid of constipation and bloating caused by excess fluid build-up in the ovaries, you need to consume electrolytes and water to keep everything in balance and prevent your body from retaining excess fluid build-up. We have seen many infertility patients use Gatorade as an electrolyte source. However, if you’re looking for something lower in sugar, you can opt for coconut water, Pedialyte, or an electrolyte powder that you can mix with water yourself.
- Short walking
- Resting enough
At TebMedTourism, we have helped many families around the world to enjoy the sweet taste of having a baby by always accompanying and advising our patients, and with the help of our elite consultants, we have eased the pain of this journey for mothers. That’s why when our clients are asked about their pain, they absolutely answer that they went through this stage of treatment without any problems.
FAQs about pain after egg retrieval
How long does pain last after egg retrieval?
Pain after egg retrieval usually lasts from a few days to a week. However, the duration varies from person to person. It is important to follow and see a doctor if you have concerns about the duration or intensity of pain.
Is it normal to have severe pain after egg retrieval?
Yes! Discomfort and pain after egg retrieval is common, but severe pain is not considered normal. If you experience severe pain after the procedure, it’s important to contact your doctor right away, as it may indicate possible complications or require further testing.
What is the sharp pain like after egg retrieval?
It’s just like a period pain consist of: mild soreness in the vaginal area, abdominal pain, bloating. etc.
Why do my ovaries hurt after egg retrieval?
Due to OHSS and hormonal fluctuation, and also invasive process of egg retrieval you might have some ovarian discomfort and experience some pain in your ovary.
Why am I in so sharp pain after egg retrieval?
Because your body face some hormonal fluctuation and you experienced an invasive procedure for egg pickup. Thus, it’s natural!
How do you get rid of pain after egg retrieval?
By eating more fiber, drinking enough, heating abdomen and using some medications such as acetaminophen.
Is it normal to have pain 3 days after egg retrieval?
Yes, it is normal to feel pain 3 days after egg retrieval. This procedure can cause discomfort and pain in the days following harvest. Some people still experience pain and discomfort during this stage. However, if the pain is severe, worsening, or accompanied by other worrisome symptoms, it is recommended that you contact your doctor for evaluation and advice.
How long does it take for pain to go away after egg retrieval?
It can vary but according to the article, you should expect face this problem up to 1 week after egg retrieval
Does egg retrieval affect bladder?
It’s possible, if the operator of egg retrieval process does it incorrectly. Accidental puncture of the bladder during collection can result in bladder hematoma
How do you go to the bathroom after egg retrieval?
After egg retrieval, urinate normally. If you have difficulty urinating, consult your doctor. Constipation is common. Be sure to stay hydrated, eat high-fiber foods, and avoid exercise. Mild abdominal discomfort is normal, but if symptoms are severe or worsen, immediate medical attention is required. Rest and avoid strenuous exercise until you have been diagnosed by a doctor.
How long does pelvic pain last after egg retrieval?
Pelvic pain after egg retrieval can last from a few days to a week. However, the duration varies from person to person.
Is it normal to have pain in side after egg collection?
Yes, side pain after egg retrieval is common due to stimulation or puncture of the ovaries. It should disappear within a few days. Severe, worsening, or persistent pain requires immediate medical attention.
How long does abdominal pain last after egg retrieval?
Abdominal pain after egg retrieval may last from a few days to a week. However, the duration varies from person to person. If the pain is severe, worsening, or accompanied by other worrisome symptoms, it is important to follow and seek medical attention.