Step 3: Egg Retrieval
Following your infertility diagnosis and testing and your ovarian stimulation process, the third step in the IVF process is the egg retrieval.
The egg retrieval process
- We start with the administration of a large dose of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). This starts the ovulatory process which is required for egg maturation.
- The egg retrieval is then typically performed in our operating room at our office, under anesthesia, 35 to 38 hours after hCG administration.
- While you are asleep, an ultrasound is put in the vagina and a needle is guided along the ultrasound into each follicle (pocket of fluid) in the ovary.
- With low grade suction each egg is removed.
- The fluid is handed to the embryologist who then searches through the fluid to identify the eggs and prepare them for fertilization.
- You will then “wake up” in the recovery room wondering if your physician was ever there. At that time you will know how many eggs were removed. You will be a little sleepy from the anesthesia for the next hour and will have some minor pelvic cramping.
Next: Embryo Fertilization and Culture
Quick Links to the 5 Step IVF Process:
- Infertility Diagnosis and Testing
- Ovarian Stimulation
- Egg Retrieval
- Fertilization and Culture
- Embryo Transfer