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IVF side effects: heightened sense of smell and other symptoms

IVF side effects: heightened sense of smell and other symptoms

  1. Lisa


    I’m on my 2nd IVF cycle after my 1st failed. We did my retrieval Tuesday 11/17. On Friday 11/20 we transferred our only serving embryo. I haven’t noticed any similar symptoms to my failed attempt. This time around I have had abdominal swelling, I’m constantly hungry and thirsty. I’m craving sweets… mainly ice cream. I am running to the restroom constanly. I’ve had a difficult time staying asleep. I sometimes feel little twitches about the area of my upper bladder lower abdomen. Yesterday my husband made coffee and I thought he was burning popcorn, and this morning his cologne was way too powerful. I usually love his cologne. Are these more likely side effects? I’ve had no spotting yet. My first time I had a brownish smear about 2 days in.

    11/24/2015 at 6:18 pm
  2. Hello Analisa,

    Today is day 5 post embryo transfer, which means it is still too early to take a pregnancy test. After embryo transfer, pregnancy tests should be taken not earlier than 15 days post embryo transfer; however, if it was a blastocyst embryo transfer, you can do it on day 10 and you will get an accurate result.

    As for the symptoms you’ve described above, do not panic, since they are totally common. I suggest you take a look at the following article, especially at the comments, since they may be very helpful in your case: Symptoms after embryo transfer.

    Best wishes

    11/25/2015 at 12:22 pm
  3. Hi, I’m adding a couple of words as for ”other symptoms”. We should always keep realistic about the treatments outcomes. That’s why it’s useful to be aware of possible complications along with treatments benefits. Complications of infertility treatment may include: Multiple pregnancy. The most common complication of infertility treatment is a multiple pregnancy – twins, triplets or more. Generally, the greater the number of fetuses, the higher the risk of premature labor and delivery, as well as problems during pregnancy such as gestational diabetes. Babies born prematurely are at increased risk of health and developmental problems. Talk to your doctor about ways to prevent a multiple pregnancy before you begin treatment. Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). Fertility medications to induce ovulation can cause OHSS, in which the ovaries become swollen and painful. Symptoms may include mild abdominal pain, bloating and nausea that lasts about a week, or longer if you become pregnant. Rarely, a more severe form causes rapid weight gain and shortness of breath requiring emergency treatment. Bleeding or infection. As with any invasive procedure, there is a rare risk of bleeding or infection with assisted reproductive technology. Also shattered emotional well being which needs to be corrected by all means.

    05/24/2019 at 11:52 am
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