The process of egg retrieval
A procedure usually done under sedation – usually very powerful, so it is not painful and she should be “out” for the entire process. It involves a trans-vaginal ultrasound to visualize the follicles. A woman is inserted an aspiration needle into the through the vagina straight into the follicle to aspirate the fluid that contains the egg cell from the follicle. The whole procedure takes usually about 10 minutes or a bit more. After the procedure the patient wakes up and is monitored for about an hour and then she can go home. There might be some cramps after the procedure for a couple of hours.