Answer from: Patricio Calamera, MD, MSc, ObGyn
Well, actually bloating can be one of the side effects of the ovarian hyperstimulation which is not basically because of the egg retrieval, it’s actually because the ovary gets really big through the process of medication, the protocol, the IVF protocol. So, we need to wait. There’s some things that we can do all of these are mostly when we have a young patient or a high responder. We can do a medication called cabergoline to help the the ovaries to get back to normal size faster and we can use some ice (like the the ice package) that we use when we get hit, we can put that on our belly and basically give some time because it’s just something temporary and it will eventually get better really soon.
Answer from: Alpesh Doshi
I always advise that patients should drink plenty of fluids especially if they have produced a lot of eggs and a lot of follicles, they are more likely to over respond or hyperstimulate or mild hyperstimulation. Plenty of fluids, they should be drinking to their thirst all their time. The more water they drink, the more water they’ll pass out and the more hormones will pass out as well. There’s a lot of build up of estrogen in the body that is making them feel unwell so these estrogens have to really pass out in the urine, so the more water they drink the better. Apart from that there is nothing else you can do to minimize the risk of hyperstimulation. You have to wait and watch and just drink plenty of fluids.
How long does bloating last after egg retrieval?
One of the side effects of ovarian stimulation can be abdominal cramping and bloating and usually all those discomforts that patients experience will last a maximum of a week after the egg retrieval.