Sishu Fertility Clinic

Egg Retrieval Process in IVF Treatment

Egg retrieval is a medical procedure in which a fertility specialist collects mature eggs from a follicle. A follicle is a mature egg container in a woman’s ovaries. The doctors collect eggs and surrounding fluid using a thin needle( Aspiration needle). Then, the retrieved egg and fluid are moved to the test tube from the needle. 

The oocyte retrieval is a crucial procedure in assisted reproductive technologies, such asin vitro fertilization (IVF).

The egg extraction process takes about 30-60 minutes. 

Egg retrieval Process

Egg retrieval is a surgical procedure performed for artificial insemination or embryo freezing.

Let us understand the egg retrieval journey in detail. 

  • Egg retrieval involves the extraction of mature eggs from a woman’s ovaries.
  • Oocyte aspiration is done under twilight anesthesia, meaning the patient breathes on their own but doesn’t remember or feel anything during the surgery.
  • The doctor uses ultrasound guidance to locate the ovaries and then inserts a needle into the ovarian follicles.

Egg retrieval Timeline

Doctors usually collect eggs from the ovaries about 10 to 12 days after giving hormone medications. The medications help the ovaries make more eggs.

The exact Gamete collection day depends on your follicular growth and egg development. It is monitored through ultrasound and bloodwork.


Recovery is generally minimal due to the minimally invasive nature of the surgery.

Risks are relatively low, including bleeding, infection, and rare damage to the bowels or bladder.

What are the risks associated with Egg collection? 

The risks associated with Ovum collection include bleeding, infection, or damage to the bowel, bladder, or blood vessels. It’s essential to discuss any concerns with your healthcare provider, who will guide you through the process. 

When to call the doctor?

After egg retrieval, it’s essential to follow your doctor’s instructions. However, here are some general guidelines for when to call your doctor:

Immediate Concerns:

  • Severe Pain: If you experience intense abdominal pain, contact your doctor.
  • Heavy Bleeding: If bleeding is excessive or doesn’t stop, seek medical attention.
  • Fever: A fever above 100.4°F (38°C) could indicate infection.

What happens to your body after egg retrieval?

  • Mild Discomfort: Some discomfort or bloating is normal.
  • Spotting: Light spotting is common.
  • Fatigue: Rest and take it easy.

Note From Sishu Fertility Clinic

We understand that undergoing an Oocyte retrieval procedure can be both an exciting and daunting experience. Our team at Sishu Fertility Clinic is here to support you every step of the way. 

At our clinic, your health and well-being are our top priorities. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. We are here to support you throughout your Egg retrieval and fertility journey.

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