It's our first IVF, I had collection on Friday the 2nd of Sep, everything went well on the day, 18 follies collected, 13 eggs, 6 were fertilised under normal IVF procedure.
But the whole area where my stomach, liver and bowels are, has been feeling extremely bloated (and gradually getting worse) since Saturday, the day after collection. (Ovaries/Uterus area seems to be a lot more comfortable compared to the upper abdomen.)
It’s like when you eat too much, you would feel uncomfortably full, but this is like 10 times more than that sensation. I can’t straighten up my back when I walk or stand up, and have been walking 5 times slower than my normal speed to avoid impact on the bloating area.
I am on Cabergoline as my clinic said I’m on the end of a higher risk to develop OHSS, cos my E2 level was very high at the final progress scan: 23000 pmol/L (UK standard unit), or 6265 pg/mL (US standard unit).
(TMI warning) So far I can still wee normally, very light colour cos I still try to drink as much fluids as I physically can (although difficult because of the bloating!!!). No breathlessness - so that’s a good thing.
Tomorrow (Monday) we’ll hear from the embryologist to let us know how many embies made it to Day 3, and whether or not we need to go in for transfer or wait till Day 5.
I’m just afraid of telling my clinic about my symptoms which would sound very much like a mild or moderate OHSS, and there’s a possibility that they would cancel the fresh transfer and freeze our precious embies… (I’m 40 this year, not sure if my egg quality is good enough for them to survive the freezing process…)
But at the same time I’m not entirely sure if it’s safe for me and the embies if I do get a BFP and these symptoms get worse… (If the pain stay the same like this level I can definitely get on with it, but if the pregnancy HCG made it worse, I don’t want to make it unsafe for the pregnancy…)
What should I do??? I was thinking about going to A&E to get a scan so I might know the severity of it, but can still have an option of ‘’NOT’’ informing my clinic if it’s only mild OHSS, so won’t risk our chance for a fresh transfer?!
Any advise or sharing of experience will be much appreciated!