In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) part 22

Egg retrieval

Egg retrieval can be done in your doctor’s office or a clinic 34 to 36 after the final injection and before ovulation.

  • During egg retrieval, you’ll be sedated and given pain medication.
  • Transvaginal ultrasound aspiration is the usual retrieval method. An ultrasound probe is inserted into your vagina to identify follicles. Then a thin needle is inserted into your vagina to identify follicles. Then a thin needle is inserted into an ultrasound guide to go through the vagina and into the follicles to retrieve the eggs.
  • If your ovaries aren’t accessible through transvaginal ultrasound, an abdominal ultrasound may be used to guide the needle
  • The eggs are removed from the follicles through a needle connected to a suction device. Multiple eggs can be removed in about 20 minutes.
  • After egg retrieval, you may experience cramping and feelings of fullness or pressure.
  • Mature eggs are placed in a nutritive liquid (culture medium) and incubated. Eggs that appear healthy and mature will be mixed with sperm to attempt to create embryos. However, not all eggs may be successfully fertilized

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