Answer from: Patricio Calamera, MD, MSc, ObGyn
Ovarian stimulation shouldn’t be painful. It might be a little uncomfortable during the last days of the protocol because the ovaries are going to be a a little bit bigger, but that is good as it shows us that the patient is actually responding to the IVF protocol and that there will be a lot of oocytes in the oocyte retrieval. So it is a little bit discomfortable but not painful. Another point, during the oocyte pickup, patients are sedated, they don’t feel anything therefore it shouldn’t have to be painful at all.
Answer from: Scott Nelson, Professor
The needles that we use are very similar and the pumps that we use are identical to those that type 1 diabetics use every day. You can imagine how many of us will know some type 1 diabetes who injects those insulin four times a day. They’ll be able to tell you that yeah it can be uncomfortable and be sore and you might get some local irritation depending where that site is. Generally, that’s relatively perceived as minor because of how fine those needles are. What you can then also get is kind of just that feeling of fullness because as your ovaries develop and respond to the drugs, you’ve got that sort of pelvic awareness of that and again some can be to some degree with the discomfort there. Most people wouldn’t say though it’s pain as such and if it is, if you are having pain you should contact your clinical team to make sure there’s nothing going wrong.
May I expect a pain during or after ovarian stimulation process?
Stimulation is treatment used in assisted reproduction to induce ovulation and increase and mature greater number of oocytes in one ovulation. The process is done with medication or with injection.