Monday, May 9, 2016

What I Wish They'd Told Me About Egg Retrieval

Y'all, I am not going to lie, I thought recovering from my egg retrieval was going to be easy.  I planned to be at work the next day.  In my mind I was going to rock it.  I woke up from retrieval feeling like a million bucks plus we collected 14 eggs so that was exciting for me!  I thought to myself, going to work is going to be so easy, I GOT THIS!


Boy was I wrong!  It's been a few WEEKS since the retrieval and I can finally wear jeans again.  Yes, y'all....for me, this experience was difficult!  What was so difficult?  And what can you do to avoid this?  Some of these might be no-brainers, but I think preparation is key for any endeavor so I'd rather share too much than not enough!


When I woke up the day after transfer, I was not ready to tackle anything except my cell phone to cancel on going into work because I felt like a stuffed sausage!  


By this day we had 13 of the eggs fertilize with ICSI.  I sucked it up and went to work, but it was painful to walk and painful to sit down.  My ovaries were swollen and I was bloated.  My mind was a little wonky.  I made it about half way through the work day before I decided work was not going to be an option the day after transfer.  I went home, took a pain pill and went to sleep.  Y'all, just take the day off!  Can you push through the day if you have to?  Sure, but if you have the option, take the day and rest up.  There is still drugs in your body from the procedure, you are bloated and uncomfortable and pants?  Don't even try to wear them.  Just an utter waste of trying to get them to button, even with an waist expanding button or the old hair tie trick...nope, none of my efforts to fit pants worked.

What other tips can I give you?
  1. You will be bloated; it will not be pretty and in fact, I looked pregnant...what a cruel trick!  Drink lots of fluids and electrolytes to help move all that extra fluid built up in your ovaries out of your body.  You can drink coconut water, green tea, and even Pedialyte.  You can drink Gatorade too...whatever you drink, drink copious amounts!!  You should always be drinking something.  Bear in mind, this is a key to avoiding Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome (OHSS) as well.  So read it, write it down, take a picture....just remember to DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS!

  2. Going to the bathroom is a real pain.  No doubt its because they used your lady bits as a collection tray, but also because drugs make you constipated.  There, I put it out there y'all, I've broken the barrier, we are discussing this right now!  Take a laxative.  Eat prunes.  Drink prune juice.  Do whatever the remedy is for that sort of thing and start it THE DAY OF YOUR TRIGGER SHOT and do it for a full week after the transfer.  Yes, it took a full week and I was not prepared for it...so you should heed my advice and eat your fiber!  You will thank me for that advice!

  3. A heating pad will be your best friend post-ER.  Holy amazing sauce I stayed really close to an outlet for a few days.  This really helped relieve the achiness I was feeling so I suggest you post up close to an outlet and get to know your friend the heating pad!

  4. Don't over-exert yourself!  Your ovaries are swollen, guess what, you can get ovarian torsion...what?  That means your ovaries can get twisted!  We don't want any of that, so while it is OK to walk, don't run a marathon or lift any cars for two weeks just to be safe!  Speaking of walking...start small.  Don't get all froggy and try to go shopping at an Outlet Mall...do the local strip mall first.  Be careful with your body!  

  5. Reduce your sugars and carbs.  These yummy goodies actually increase your risk for OHSS so be sure you consider that before you eat a loaf of bread or an entire cheesecake.  Your leggings will thank you.  

  6. Speaking of leggings, wear comfortable clothes.  Don't worry about being on point with your style, just be thankful to find something that actually fits.  You know what fit me?  Leggings, yoga pants and maternity pants.  Yes, I bought maternity pants for post-retrieval.  And they are the greatest pants EVER.  I think we should ALLLLLL wear them all the time.  My friends made fun of me for wearing them, but secretly I bet they wanted those maternity pants too.      

  7. Oh and don't even think about practicing to make a baby the old fashioned way.  Again, this ties back to ovarian torsion and twisting up your lady bits as well as avoiding infection!  Don't get those pretty little eggs out only to fight an infection because you thought it was safe to practice!  Would you believe they FORGOT to tell me this information and I had to call to ask! "Yes hello, I was just calling to make sure it was OK to have sex with my husband...why are you laughing?"

I think the really important thing to remember is that you've just given your ovaries a triathlon run with no training...so embrace even the struggles because you worked hard for this part!

I survived my retrieval and while it was uncomfortable, it was not painful!  I was not a risk for OHSS and I did not exhibit any symptoms of OHSS so either A) I did it right or B) there never was a risk for me.  I hope these tips lead to a successful post-retrieval for you!  Do you had advice for post-retrieval?  Add it to the comments below!  

21 comments:

  1. This is all great info!! I just figured this was the opportunity to have the excuse so I COULD take it easy. haha

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  2. I hate that it was so much harder than you thought! These tips are going to help so many though!

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    1. It truly was but you know, I'm taking it in stride as this is just another part of the journey and there are so many blessings that came from this! Thanks for reading Caroline!

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  3. So now I feel like I got off super easy. Maybe that's why they only got 6 eggs...blegh. No doubt I was super bloated and crampy the day of the retrieval. I drank coconut water all day and didn't have any OHSS signs either (thank the lawd!) and by the next day I was cruising (slowly) around Home Depot grabbing flowers! I couldn't walk super fast but managed to get into normal jeans. I am assuming my next retrieval will kick my own ass because I was back to normal almost immediately. I'll do a little update tonight or tomorrow on the blog once I get my Day 5 results! On pins and needles awaiting your FET!!

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    1. Girl, I wondered how you did post-retrieval. You must do an update! I got in normal jeans TODAY! Now I'm missing those stretchy pants though! People asked if I was pregnant yesterday and I said no, I'm just on hormones to get pregnant....LOL

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  4. Yes! I'd only add that along with constipation-it actually hurt when I urinated. Doctor said it was completely normal, but it hurt terribly!

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    1. You know I heard this from several people yesterday as well, thanks for mentioning this! It was not one I dealt with but seems to be a real issue post ER.

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  5. So many great tips, Carissa! The first time around was a breeze for me, they retrieved 13 eggs, and yes I was sore and bloated but nothing compared to the second time. I went into OHSS...it was terrible friend...terrible! It hurt to sit, it hurt to stand, it hurt to lay down...it HURT EVERYWHERE! Even when I would try to pee it was horrible...I've never experienced so much pain as I did then. I was miserable! Definitely drink up ladies!! Jeans...nope...didn't wear them for awhile either, thankfully I wear scrubs to work. LOL!

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    1. I really want to wear scrubs to work, but I'm in an office and I think it would be weird...LOL. I hate that you had such a struggle with the OHSS! I heard that is BAD NEWS!!

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  6. Congrats on a successful ER! Yeah its sucks and the bloating is awfully uncomfortable, but when you get those beautiful embryos, it doesn't even matter :) My only tips to include would be DO NOT DRINK WATER, it only adds to the bloating and the pain. I'm so happy that the nurse told me this after my 5th ER! Drinking beverages with electrolytes is the only option which means gatorade and smart water. It greatly reduces the swelling in about 48 hours by at least half. The rest lingers, but that was a huge difference for me.

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    1. Thanks for that tip on the water Heather and CONGRATS on your BFP!! So excited for the next part of your journey!

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  7. My experience wasn't as bad as yours, but the outcomes were not as expected. I'm needing to have a second surgery to remove a polyp caused by the meds, and even though we had eight embryos the next day, only one managed to make it by day 6. Now the embryologist and RE are saying I should go through a second round of meds and egg retrieval while I'm still young and since the surviving embryo is not of good quality. I may end up dealing with more severe symptoms the next time I do this. I will mention that if the center requires you take in no foods or liquids by mouth after midnight the night before, it might take a little while for you to pee and are medically cleared to leave the surgical center. I had approximately three liters of fluid in (including IV and oral) before I managed to urinate. In addition, all the swelling and tenderness from the surgery may make that a little difficult to manage as well.

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  8. Thanks for the info, I'll be starting my pre-meds on day 20 -june 29th. Then I'll start the injections by the second week of July and by the end of the month I should have beautiful eggs to retrieve. I am curious, are any of you pregnant? I sure hope so! We got told it's a 50 % chance for sucess. :D I'm confident it will work the first time around !!

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    1. I'm currently six weeks pregnant. We were successful with our first frozen transfer. It's a new journey for me...now it's a journey to keep a viable pregnancy.

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    2. Congrats! How exciting!!! I started reading your blog. It's quite encouraging and I must say that I do get a couple chuckles out of it; which is pretty awesome considering what we have to go through! It's worth every step!!! Congradulations again!

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    3. Don't give up if your first time doesn't work....it's definitely easier said than done, but hold on to hope that everything will work out. We did our ER last August. My estrogen was ridiculously high, so we had to freeze everything. I had surgery to remove uterine fibroids/polyps...always a good time. Our first frozen transfer was a chemical pregnancy (early miscarriage), second try didn't take, but third try was the charm! I'm 12 weeks right now. Hoping that things go well for you!

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  9. I didn't know how much pain I'd be in right after I woke up from my ER. I have a pretty high treshold for pain, they ended up having to give me morphine. My doc said it was because I had so many eggs (26) I did have risk of OHSS.

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