IVF Egg Retrieval Process
Eggs are removed during a process called a transvaginal egg retrieval. This procedure is performed under sedation, so you will be comfortable throughout the entire process. Once you are sedated, an ultrasound probe is placed in the vagina, just like during the ultrasounds during IVF monitoring. Then a thin needle is placed through a needle guide on the probe and into the back of the vagina into the follicles on the ovary. Gentle suction is applied and the eggs are aspirated with follicular fluid into test tubes. Every visible follicle is aspirated. The eggs are microscopically located by an embryologist, and moved into a culture dish.
The procedure lasts about 30 minutes on average. After the egg retrieval, you will return to your room where you can be with your husband, family member or friend. The medicines will wear off quickly and you will usually be able to leave within two hours. You will need someone to drive you home and will probably need to be off work or have little responsibility for the rest of the day. You should not drive the day of the retrieval, but the following day you should be back to your normal activity.