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Let’s talk about poop



I believe this image goes down as the funniest image on this blog. I only wish I had thought to stage this photo. Image credit

Or more specifically, the first poop post-retrieval. Especially that first poop after a ton of eggs are harvested from tiny ovaries. This is something that no one discusses. Allow me to do the dirty work and start a conversation.

Oh. My. God. I would describe my experience as :

  • white knuckled
  • tears running down face
  • teeth grinding
  • whimpering enough that two cats show up

Lord have mercy on  my poor bum! It already has a good number of problems (i.e.: hemorrhoids and fissures related to my dairy allergy) but this has to be the worst experienced it has ever had.

I’ll take a double shot of Milk of Magnesia with my scrambled eggs this morning, please.

How was your first poo post retrieval?

Also, this might be juvenile of me, but I look forward to seeing what my blog search terms are over the next 24 hours…



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  1. February 12, 2012

    Oh my gosh, this was quite the conversation at our house yesterday. I thought it was just me!

  2. February 12, 2012

    Nonexistent is my answer…at least for some days and then only with help of medication (movicolon). The constipation was terrible and still is by the way. As it turns out pregnancy creates much the same problem. At least for me.
    Good luck with it!! Hope you are feeling better otherwise!!

  3. February 12, 2012

    Mine took 2 days and a stool softener and it still hurt pretty badly 😦

  4. February 12, 2012

    I love this! Not because I love talking about poop BECAUSE I DON’T but because this is very useful information or anyone going through IVF!!! This IS the stuff that no one tells you and you have to find out on your own.

  5. February 12, 2012

    Ah! I adore you for talking about your poop! I’m one of the weird ones who is completely comfortable talking about poop. You perfectly described what i had 2 weeks ago after taking some herbal stuff that was supposed to help me digest dairy (since i let loose in Italy) and boy was it effective… too effective. Hang in there girl! It will all be worth it.

  6. February 12, 2012

    Same. I blamed the antibiotics. I swear it took me close to a week for things to begin moving again and I wasn’t “normal” till 2 weeks after. Lots of fiber, water and soup and some Colace.

    Sorry hon!

  7. February 12, 2012

    Whie I haven’t experienced IVF, I can definitely sympathize with you on the tummy issues, especially as it relates to the dairy allergy. I also have IBS and skin tag hemmerhoids have been a normal part of my life for almost a year now and I have had my share of white-knucklers the past few weeks myself, and take stool softeners about as regularly as I take vitamins! So I mean this literally when I say I’m praying things “go smoothly” for you in the very near future! Xo

  8. February 12, 2012

    eeeek. So not looking forward to this.

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