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Recovery Tips for the Egg Retrieval

Updated: Sep 15, 2021

Discover essential recovery tips that can help women minimize discomfort after egg donation



Egg donors at our Southern California egg donation center use a variety of methods to be more comfortable after the egg retrieval procedure. These methods help to minimize bloating, promote healthy bowel movements, and support the body in a quick recovery.


Recovery tips after for egg retrieval that all donors should know


There are numerous ways to care for your body after the egg retrieval, which help to ensure that you feel back to normal as soon as possible. These tips can also minimize the chance of developing uncomfortable side effects like ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, OHSS, which consists of the ovaries swelling and leaking fluid into the abdomen. While a mild case of OHSS is uncomfortable, it's not typically dangerous when the woman receives proper treatment.


Here's how to support your body after the egg retrieval.


Load up on protein. Eating plenty of protein-rich foods, like eggs, quinoa, and Greek yogurt, can greatly reduce the likelihood of developing OHSS post-retrieval.


Eat foods high in fiber, and take stool softeners. One of the main causes of discomfort after the egg retrieval is constipation caused by medication from the egg retrieval and slightly swollen ovaries. You can reduce your chances of becoming constipated by utilizing a stool softener and eating fiber-filled foods, such as almonds, lentils, and avocados.


Drink plenty of water and fluids with electrolytes. Drinking ample water and electrolyte-packed fluids, like coconut water, can reduce swelling, constipation, and your chances of experiencing OHSS.


Rest for at least 24-hours, and avoid strenuous activity until your period starts. One of the best things you can do for you body after the egg retrieval is to grab the remote and a pillow and rest for the remainder of the day. Most fertility doctors also recommend that donors skip exercise and other physically demanding activities until their period starts. Many donors have their period resume a week or two after the egg retrieval.


Reach out to us with any concerns. The top priority of our Southern California egg donation center is the safety of our egg donors. Because of this, we encourage donors to reach out to us, any time of day, with any questions or concerns.


Our team has found these recovery tips to be incredibly helpful, and hope they support you in feeling fully recovered as soon as possible.


Take the next steps towards becoming an egg donor


If you’re interested in the exciting journey of egg donation, we encourage you to complete our simple application, after confirming that you meet our egg donor requirements. From there, we'll be in touch about setting up an in-person or Zoom meeting that allows us to fill you in on the details of egg donation, and answer any questions you might have.


We are here to guide you through every step of the rewarding journey of egg donation.

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