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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

  • Abdominal bloating

  • Nausea / Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • 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 

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