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Possible Risks

Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS)

Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), iis a possible complication of in vitro fertilization (IVF). In this condition, the ovaries swell and fluid leaks into the body. This condition is more common in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome who are going through fertility treatments. It is possible to prevent OHSS under careful monitoring in  hormone hyperstimulation treatment.

 Possible Syndromes :

  1. Abdominal pain.

  2. Weight gain.

  3. Bloating.

  4. Difficulty breathing.

  5. Blood clots.

  6. Decreased urination (not proportionate to the amount of fluid intake)

  7. Kidney failure.

How is OHSS diagnosed?
Doctors diagnose OHSS with several tests. These tests can include:

  1. Physical exam: Measures your weight and your waist.

  2. Ultrasound: Check if there is free fluid in the abdomen cavity and the size of the ovaries.

  3. Chest X-ray:Check if there is free fluid in the chest cavity.

  4. Blood test: Measures hormone levels.

 How is OHSS managed or treated?

  1.  The treatments differ depending on the level of severity. Treatments aim to manage symptoms and avoid other complications.

For mild to moderate OHSS, treatment usually involves:

  1. Avoid strenuous physical activities.

  2. Increase oral intake of fluids.

  3. USE acetaminophen to relieve symptoms.

  4. Measure body weight daily.

  5. Self-monitor if there are other symptoms.

Severe cases of OHSS often require hospitalization. Treatments of severe OHSS may include:

  1. Adjust doses of hormone medicine.

  2. Intravenous therapy.

  3. Freeze embryos and avoid embryo transferring until the OHSS relieves.

  4. Paracentesis (a procedure to remove fluid from the abdominal cavity).

  5. Take medicines to relieve symptoms or reduce activity in the ovaries.

When should I call the doctor or HuaYu Fertility Center?

Contact us when you experience OHSS syndromes.

Operative risks

  1. Despite that oocyte retrieval is a minimally invasive surgery, it is possible to have infections.

  2. There is a little chance of blood clotting in legs because of anaesthetization.

  3. There is a little chance of having a heart attack.

  4. There may be unpredictable incidents.

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