The doctor eventually explained that my stomach was completely filled with fluid due to overstimulated ovaries. My ovaries had actually blown up to approximately the size of an average newborn's head! The extreme pain was due to my ovaries rubbing against my other now crowded organs. This condition is only evident in approximately 2 percent of women undergoing similar infertility treatment.

Great, I thought sarcastically, I managed to beat the odds. Miserably weak and sick, I was grateful for the numbing effects of the drugs as the doctor performed paracentesis, a procedure resembling an amniocentesis, which quickly yielded two and a half liters of fluid from my abdomen. Severely exhausted and dehydrated, I spent the next several days in bed recovering from my traumatic experience, first in the hospital and later at home.

© 2008 by Katie Irene Gosselin and Beth Ann Carson.


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