Transvaginal Egg Retrieval
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Transvaginal Egg Retrieval

Transvaginal Egg Retrieval

 

  • Eggs are removed from the ovary with a needle and an ultrasound guidance
  • Anesthesia is administered by an anesthesiologist
  • An 8 hour fasting is required before the procedure

 

Egg (Oocyte) Retrieval about 36 Hours After  hCG

Egg retrieval is performed about 36 hours after hCG has been administered. An anesthesiologist administers intravenous sedatives and pain relievers in order to minimize the discomfort that may occur during the procedure.  Most patients sleep through the procedure. A transvaginal ultrasound probe is used to visualize the ovaries and the egg-containing follicles within the ovaries.  A long needle, which can be seen on ultrasound, can be guided into each follicle and the contents aspirated. The aspirated material includes follicular fluid, eggs and egg-supporting cells. The physician will collect the eggs and follicular fluid into a test tube and the embryologist will search the follicular fluid and locate the egg using a microscope.

After the retrieval, patients recover from anesthesia where they will be observed while the intravenous medications wear off. It is not uncommon to have some vaginal spotting and lower abdominal discomfort for several days following this procedure.

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