Egg Retrieval

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Egg retrieval is a procedure whereby matured eggs are retrieved by ultrasound. A thin needle under the guidance of the transvaginal ultrasound probe is introduced from the vagina into the ovaries and follicles that harbor the eggs are aspirated. This aspirate is sent to the embryology laboratory and the egg is identified in the fluid.

What should I do prior to egg retrieval?

These are summarized in the egg retrieval information leaflet.

Is egg retrieval a painful procedure? Do I need anesthesia?

Egg retrieval is relatively well-tolerated and can be undertaken with intravenous sedation and local anesthesia. However, if the ovaries are difficult to access your doctor may advise you to have general anesthesia. This will be discussed with you prior to the procedure.

Are there any complications associated with egg retrieval?

There may be some pain after the procedure but this usually resolves with simple analgesics. The doctor or the nurse coordinator will prescribe you medications that you will use after egg retrieval. Complications that arise after egg retrieval are usually of infectious nature but they are very uncommon (1/3000-1/4500 cases). There may be slight vaginal bleeding that is self-limited. If the bleeding is severe please contact your doctor or the nurse coordinator.