Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome
Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome is one of the rare side effects of IVF, in which the ovaries produce too many follicles, usually over 25. In this case, there are severe symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. It is more common in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome.
The severity of the syndrome differs and varies from mild overstimulation that will last 3-5 days with abdominal pain and moderate nausea, to severe over-stimulation that will need hospitalization as long as it is accompanied by accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity and the chest.
The ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome is a self-limiting condition and the ovaries recover fully from it. The best cure for overstimulation is to prevent it from happening!
Dr. Ioannidis always personalizes the drugs and the quantities he uses in IVF protocols, so it is extremely difficult to encounter such a problem.