Post Procedure Side EffectsFollowing your egg retrieval appointment, you might experience some of the following symptoms. Remember that these are expected, but be sure to seek medical attention as soon as possible if you are experiencing severe pain, significant bleeding, or fever.
- Dizziness: It sometimes takes up to a day to fully recover from anesthesia, as it may make you wobbly and dizzy. Be sure to designate someone to drive you home from the procedure and spend the day resting at home.
- Pain and Bloating: The procedure may cause you to feel uncomfortable or experience slight pain. Some patients also report abdominal bloating. To help with the pain, opt for Tylenol rather than Ibuprofen.
- Nausea or Vomiting: These symptoms are also a common side effect of anesthesia. Eat mild foods such as plain toast, rice, and crackers to ease your stomach. Sipping on ginger ale is also a good idea. Much like the dizziness, nausea should pass in 24 hours.
Tips For RecoveringOnce you are discharged from the fertility clinic, be sure to schedule time to rest. Follow these tips to take care of yourself both emotionally and physically.
- Sleep: Make sure that you are resting during the day and getting plenty of sleep at night. While catching enough Z's is always important, the restorative properties of sleep are especially important following an invasive procedure.
- Update Your Doctor: If you are feeling anxious about anything or have any questions, call your doctor. In the time between your procedure and your next appointment, it is up to you to notify your fertility expert about your progress.
- Chat With Your Support System: Keep a close friend or family member in the loop about your emotional well being. Be open about any difficult feelings you are experiencing following the treatment.
By continuing the IVF process and undergoing egg retrieval, you are joining the 7.4 million women who have received infertility services in their life. That is 11.9% of all women. You are not alone in this process, so do not hesitate to other women for advice and support.