IVF and Egg Retrieval

The most significant risk in IVF is ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome (OHSS). OHSS is an extreme response to fertility medications. Ovaries produce too many follicles and fluid leaks into the body.

OHSS is a rare complication – happens less than 5% of the time with severe cases happening in less than 1%. OHSS can occur before egg retrieval or after.


Ovary torsion is another risk and this is why doctors strongly advise against rigorous exercise during fertility treatments.


Both of these risks are rare. IVF is generally viewed as a low risk process.