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What Occurs During Egg Retrieval

The egg retrieval process is an important part of the in vitro fertilization process.  Understanding what happens during egg retrieval process can help you feel more relaxed and at ease during your fertility treatment.


What happens during egg retrieval?

When you arrive at the fertility center, you will be directed to a room where you are able to change into a hospital gown. This is the perfect time to ask any additional questions you have about the retrieval process.

You will be escorted to the surgical suite, where the procedure will take place.  An IV will be placed for the purpose of delivering medication during the procedure. Pain medication is administered via a local anesthetic and a sedative.

During the egg retrieval, a doctor uses a small needle that is guided by ultrasound through the vaginal canal to the ovaries.  The needle removes the eggs from each follicle as well as the fluid that surrounds them. Once the eggs are retrieved, you will be moved to a recovery room for a few hours after the process.

What can I expect after the retrieval?

Although the procedure itself is painless, it is common to experience some discomfort including spotting and tenderness in your abdomen.  This is normal and should subside shortly. Your medical team will let you know how many eggs were retrieved and provide you with information on next steps.  You may be prescribed antibiotics or other medication to prepare your body for the next phase of your treatment.

New Hope Fertility Center specializes in providing holistic alternatives to traditional IVF care.  By focusing on the unique needs of each patient, New Hope is able to achieve high success rates without the need for large amounts of fertility medication.  

To learn more about egg retrieval and its role in in vitro fertilization, contact New Hope Fertility Center.  Their fertility experts specialize in holistic IVF protocols, allowing couples to have success without the use of large doses of fertility medication.  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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