In this video, an egg donor shares insights about what the egg retrieval procedure is like. If you prefer text, we have the video transcribed for you below.
This diagram shows how the egg retrieval procedure works:
Hi, I recently completed an egg donation cycle and I wanted to provide you with some insights about what the egg retrieval procedure is like.
Right before my procedure, they inserted an IV. Then, I was walked over to the operating room. For the procedure, you will be strapped onto this chair with leg supports. Trust me, it’s a lot more comfortable than it sounds.
Then the anesthesiologist will provide you with IV sedation and monitor you throughout your entire egg retrieval. Next, your vaginal area will be cleansed with sterile saline. A long, thin needle with a test tube at the end of it will be attached to a transducer. It looks a lot like the vaginal ultrasound wand.
Each ovary is only punctured one time. There are no incisions. The needle is then gently guided to each follicle. This is what it looks like when the needle is first inserted into the follicle.
This is what it looks like when the needle drains the fluid. As the follicular fluid is drained, it accumulates in the test tube. The tube is then capped and passed to the embryologist. My procedure took about 20-30 minutes but it depends on how many follicles you have.
When I woke up, I did experience some discomfort, but it was very similar to menstrual cramps. After the egg retrieval, you will experience bloating for about 2-4 days, which is totally normal. By 5-10 days after your egg retrieval, you should be feeling back to normal.
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