IVF and Cramps: Is Cramping a Bad Sign during Treatment?

Jun 23, 2017 @ 10:00 AM – by CARE Fertility

A woman clutching her belly due to cramping during IVF treatmentAt the Center for Assisted Reproduction, our goal is to make it easy for parents to receive IVF and other cutting-edge fertility treatments. Part of making it easy for our patients to receive IVF involves providing our patients with the education they need about their treatments and how their bodies work. Giving them this knowledge helps relieve them from certain stresses they might otherwise experience when they are undergoing IVF treatment.

For example, it is relatively common for patients to experience some degree of cramping during IVF treatment. If patients didn’t realize that this was common, they might fear that the cramping was a sign that their periods were about to occur, thereby signifying the failure of their IVF cycles. This is why our fertility specialists are certain to discuss the issue of IVF and cramps during consultations at our Dallas, TX fertility clinic. While there is never any guarantee of success associated with IVF, cramping does not necessarily signify that treatment has failed, at least not in and of itself.

If you are interested in learning more about IVF and whether or not you are a good candidate for treatment, we encourage you to schedule your initial consultation at the Center for Assisted Reproduction today.

Why Do Women Experience Cramps during IVF?

For most women, cramps are a sign that menstruation is about to occur. Therefore, women who undergo IVF often understandably arrive at the conclusion that cramping is a negative sign and something to fear. However, as long as the cramping is light to moderate, it is probably nothing to be concerned about, even if it is accompanied by light spotting. Indeed, such cramping is actually relatively common. Cramping is generally only a concern if it becomes severe or is accompanied by heavier bleeding.

A woman’s reproductive organs are put through considerable strain during IVF. The ovaries in particular become extremely sensitive and swollen, so some cramping should actually be expected. Our fertility specialists tell all patients to be prepared to experience at least a light degree of cramping, although some patients will not experience any cramping whatsoever.

Even those patients who do experience cramping will generally be able to manage their discomfort with over-the-counter pain relievers. In cases of severe cramping, our fertility specialists should be contacted immediately. Severe cramping, whether accompanied by heavy bleeding or not, could be a sign of IVF failure or of other serious conditions such as ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, ovarian torsion, ovarian hemorrhage, and pelvic infection. While these conditions are very unlikely, they do occur in rare instances and require immediate medical attention.

Learn More about IVF and Cramps

If you would like to learn more about IVF and cramps, or you wish to schedule your initial IVF consultation, we encourage you to contact the Center for Assisted Reproduction today. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have about in vitro fertilization, cramping during fertility treatments, or any other issue regarding infertility or its treatment.

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