The egg retrieval process
Once you have changed into the surgical gown, the nurse will get you started on your IV line. Then the anesthesiologist will do a review of your medication records and history, after which the sedation process will begin. Once the anesthesiologist confirms you are sufficiently sedated, the doctor will begin the egg retrieval procedure.
The doctor will use an ultrasound in order to guide a special needle into the vagina, through the cervix and into the ovary. The doctor will remove the mature eggs from the follicles, one by one. Generally this entire process takes about 20 minutes. The retrieved eggs are transferred to the embryology lab to be fertilised with the husband’s sperm.
You may experience mild cramping or a bit of abdominal/pelvic discomfort afterwards, and this is normal.