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It's hard enough going through IVF, but holy moly girl, you'll experience a different calibre of discomfort if you are one of the "lucky" ones who draw the OHSS straw.

OHSS Symptoms (Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome)

OHSS stands for Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome and women who have PCOS and undergo IVF treatment are at a higher risk of getting "lucky". Some super fun signs you might experience are: 

  • abdominal pain and bloating
  • nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhoea
  • tenderness over ovaries
  • sudden weight gain 3 kg to 20 kg over 5-10 days
  • decreased urination
  • shortness of breath

In honor of PCOS month, I’m inviting you into my kitchen to cook up some cabbage soup which is the perfect medicinal food to help prevent or alleviate signs of OHSS. You can follow along on this Instagram Video to cook up this recipe.

Please note that OHSS can be life-threatening so please be in communication with your RE if you suspect you have OHSS and if you cannot reach your RE, take thee to the emergency clinic.


  • 1/2 head of large Cabbage - DIM modulates estrogen
  • Onion - B vitamins 
  • 3 cloves diced Garlic - allicin improves the ability to metabolize iron, B vitamins
  • 6 cups Broth - supports digestion 
  • Himalayan/Celtic Sea Salt

I also used these optional ingredients…

  • Carrots
  • Diced Bacon 
  • Kale 
  • Tomatoes 
  • Celery 
  • Herbs: Thyme + Bay Leaf

Other options if you want to get creative: 

Zucchini, Parsnips, Rutabaga, Potatoes, Yams, Beets


1. Fry up diced bacon until crispy. Remove from pan. Lower heat. If you’re making this vegetarian, use a good quality oil like olive oil or coconut oil to do the next step. 

2. Sautee harder veggies like: carrots, celery, onions for 2 minutes or until softened 

3. Add softer veggies like garlic, cabbage, kale. Sautée for a few more minutes 

4. Add broth, tomatoes, bacon, herb bundle 

5. Add salt + pepper 

6. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to simmer. 

7. Simmer for 30-45 minutes 

8. Enjoy!!