Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS)
OHSS happens when too many ovarian follicles develop during the stimulation of the ovaries (Stage 1).
The symptoms of OHSS include:
Mild to moderate abdominal pain
Nausea / Vomiting
Tenderness in the area of your ovaries
Sudden weight increase of more than 3kg in a few days
It is not uncommon for younger women to have a mild form of OHSS. The severe form of OHSS is rarer, and it affects around 1% of all patients. OHSS (in any form) should be medically treated by your doctor until the complications have been treated.
Food – Maintain a healthy, balanced diet, and drink plenty of water.
Some clinics/women say you should eat:
1. Protein-rich food (e.g. tofu, eggs and beef) – to prevent Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome
2. Folic acid and food rich in folic acid (e.g.peas, spinach, broccoli, kiwi, poultry products) – to prevent birth defects such as spina bifida and other developmental disorders
3. Food rich in zinc (e.g. dairy products, grains, potato and brazil nuts) - Helps to maintain and regulate hormone levels