8 Ways To Relieve Bloating After Egg Retrieval

My usually flat stomach was the size of an over-inflated beach ball before my egg retrieval. I experienced bloating for several days after my egg freezing procedure.

Regular bloating doesn’t significantly bother me but IVF/egg freezing bloating is different. At times it was painful. But I got through it and so will you.

This blog post I’m going to go in-depth about what you can do to relieve post-egg retrieval bloating and when it’s so serious you might need to reach out for help.

Be sure to read these other posts in my egg freezing series about recovery.

Causes of Bloating after Egg Retrieval

Bloating after this procedure can be caused by a number of factors, including ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), constipation, and general inflammation in the pelvic area.

Side effects of fertility medications

When it comes to those fertility medications used for egg freezing, there are a few common side effects. You might notice some bloating, maybe some spotting, and even some constipation. These meds can actually mess with your gut health, throwing off your digestion and making things a bit uncomfortable.

Effects of hormone levels on water retention

Hormone levels play a crucial role in regulating water balance in the body. For example, the hormone aldosterone helps to control the amount of sodium and potassium in the body, which in turn affects the amount of water retained.

Additionally, estrogen and progesterone can also impact fluid balance, leading to water retention during certain times in the menstrual cycle.

During IVF treatments and the egg freezing process, hormone levels can fluctuate significantly.  The hormone stimulation can cause the body to hold onto excess fluids, resulting in bloating and discomfort.

Severe Bloating after Egg Retrieval

I know we all know what bloating looks like but still — understanding the symptoms of bloating after egg retrieval can help you better cope with the discomfort and make informed decisions about when to seek medical attention if necessary.

Abdominal discomfort and distension

Keep track of any discomfort, bloating, or distension, especially after receiving hormone injections and medications.

If you experience severe symptoms such as sudden and intense abdominal pain, significant weight gain, or a tight and enlarged abdomen, it’s important to reach out to your healthcare team. These symptoms could be indicative of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), a rare but serious complication of IVF stimulation. Other concerning signs include nausea, vomiting, rapid weight gain, and difficulty breathing.

8 ways to manage and relieve bloating

If you’re experiencing feelings of fullness or heaviness in your lower abdomen due to enlarged ovaries, there are several options to consider for relief.

  1. Light exercise such as walking or gentle stretching can help alleviate discomfort.
  2. Wearing loose, comfortable clothing, particularly elastic-waist options like yoga pants, can also provide relief by reducing pressure on the abdomen.
  3. Using a heating pad can help to soothe any discomfort, while over-the-counter pain medications can provide additional relief. I HIGHLY suggest a wall plug-in heating pad over one you need to get up and microwave.
  4. Coconut water is often recommended by doctors due to its high electrolyte content, which helps in maintaining proper hydration levels. It also contains natural sugars, vitamins, and minerals, making it an effective way to rehydrate after a medical procedure. I went through 4 bottles of the tall coconut water bottles you get in the store within two days. My mom ran to the store to buy me more. Stock up!
  5. Incorporating diuretic foods and drinks into the diet can naturally increase urine production and decrease water retention in the body. Diuretic foods include watermelon, cucumber, and dandelion greens, while diuretic drinks like green tea can also have similar effects.
  6. Take Tylenol if your doctor gives the okay. It’s recommended to eat a small meal or snack before taking Tylenol to help avoid stomach discomfort. Take the recommended dosage with a full glass of water, and do not exceed the maximum dosage within a 24-hour period.
  7. Avoid carbonated beverages. Drinks like soda can contribute to a feeling of bloating and discomfort.
  8. Incorporate foods high in protein, sodium, and fiber into your diet. Focus on lean proteins such as fish or poultry. High-fiber foods like almonds, avocado, and chia seeds into your meals.

Related post: What to eat for egg freezing

I know bloating is no fun but it’s temporary! If you have any questions at all about egg freezing, I’m an open book. Feel free to email me or DM me on IG @girlwithdrive.

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