Q&A with Dr. Poonkiat The Result of The Ovarian Stimulation using The Hormone Injection

The ovarian stimulation using hormone injection may affect the women’s body. The result can be categorized into two types, a short-term and long-term results.

Short-Term Result (1-2 weeks during the ovarian stimulation)

There might be some mild side effects as follows:

  • As the patients need to inject continuously, the reaction to the injected area may include biting, swelling or inflammation.
  • Upset stomach, abdominal discomfort, gaining weight because the egg is developing.
  • Nausea because the body is sensitive to the hormone.
  • Allergic to anesthetic taken during the egg retrieval procedure.

Severe side effects:

The complication disease that might occur from the ovarian stimulation is an Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome or OHSS that the ovaries are responding excessively to the egg stimulation. This side effect is considered to be a rare complication. If the symptom is severe, the ovaries will be swelling, and there will be some fluid collection in the abdomen and the chest. The patient may need to admit ICU and it could be fatal. However, this condition rarely occurs nowadays.

Long-Term Result

Many people are worried about the effects of hormones taking that can cause long-term problems with the body, such as cancer, approach menopause faster because the eggs are running out before a normal age, and so on.

From collecting data and studying those who collect egg in the past 20-30 years, we found that the statistic of cancer is not getting higher. The rate of having cancer is just normal. However, we will have to see how it will be in the future.

The eggs are running out quickly, making the female approach menopause faster. The female should not worry about this because there are hundreds of thousands of eggs in a woman’s ovary during a young age. This problem will not occur because there will be only 400-500 eggs ovulating. The remaining eggs will wither when approaching menopause naturally.

At present, we are using a synthetic hormone that is similar to the natural hormone and highly safe. Therefore, it quite safe for the patients.


Reference: Prime Fertility Center Co., Ltd.


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