Why IVF is like being kicked in the balls for girls!

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IVF patients often ask me if it is “normal” to feel sore and even tender to touch in the lower abdomen after egg retrieval and the days leading up to embryo transfer. 

There is a good reason for this soreness, which requires a little reproduction biology 101 to explain. During the first few weeks of fetus development, your baby's internal and external genital structures are the same, regardless of whether you are ultimately going to have a boy or a girl.   And then they divide and by week 16 become:

Genital folds = Labia or Scrotum
Phallus = Clitoris or Penis
Gonads = Ovaries or Testicles

So why do your ovaries feel “sore”?  Considering your doctor has surgically pierced your vaginal wall to repeatedly jab at your ovaries to collect all the eggs contained in your follicles it really is quite normal to feel some soreness.  And considering the ovaries share a common origin with the testes it is not surprising that immediately following an IVF you are “feeling it”.    (For safety, if you are in a lot of pain or very uncomfortable from bloating please notify your IVF clinics)

So ladies, now you know what it feels like to be kicked in the balls.
And if your man is not providing you with enough understanding and empathy following your egg retrieval…. well you know what you can do to let him know exactly how sore you feel.

Lorne Brown B.Sc., CA (CPA), Dr.TCM, FABORM, CHt
Acubalance Wellness Centre

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