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Why is Anesthesia Used in Some Fertility Treatments?

Fertility treatment and diagnosis can require the use of some invasive techniques in order to receive an optimal result. Due to the nature of some procedures, anesthesia may be required. Understanding the use of anesthesia during fertility procedures can help you know what to expect during your procedures.  

Use of Anesthesia During Fertility Treatments 

The procedures and diagnostic tests used during infertility treatment can vary greatly between individuals.  Therefore, some patients may never use anesthesia while others may use it more than once. The use of anesthesia largely depends on your medical needs, your preferences, and your doctor’s opinions.  Anesthesia is commonly used during the following procedures: blog8-2.jpg

  • Egg Retrieval - Egg retrieval is done with some type of anesthesia. During egg retrieval, a needle is used to remove eggs and fluid from the ovaries. The exact type of anesthesia used depends on the specific needs of each patient. 
  • Hysteroscopies - A diagnostic test that allows the doctor to look at and evaluate your uterus can be uncomfortable. Anesthesia may be used during this procedure to help you be relaxed and feel comfortable during the experience. 
  • Manual Sperm Retrieval - Some male factor infertility issues require that sperm be manually extracted from the testicles in order to fertilize an egg. Anesthesia is commonly used during this procedure as it is done to an extremely sensitive area. 

Concerns About the Use of Anesthesia 

Many people have concerns about anesthesia, as it is an area of medicine that they are not familiar with.  If you have concerns about being uncomfortable during a procedure or have questions about the type of anesthesia that will be used during your treatment, speak with a member of your fertility care team. Your team is equipped to answer all of your questions about fertility care and you should feel comfortable speaking with them. 

For additional information on the use of anesthesia during fertility procedures, contact the team of experts at New Hope Fertility Center today. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank you.

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