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Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

Prevention of Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

Several options exist for the prevention of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). The options include:

  • Canceling the invitro fertilization cycle is the most effective means of preventing OHSS. It is used for patients with a history of severe cases of the condition, but is a costly solution and can be stressful emotionally.
  • Coasting, temporarily halting fertility treatments.
  • Using lower doses of human chorionic gonadotropin.
  • Administering what is known as an agonist trigger to stimulate ovulation.
  • Cryogenic preservation (freezing) of embryos from women considered at risk for OHSS.
  • Dopamine to help prevent fluid from building up in the abdomen and chest.

Not pursuing fertility treatments is a certain means for preventing ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. However, given the rare occurrence of OHSS, women should discuss risks and options for prevention with their doctor to make an informed decision.

Locations for Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome