A Beginner’s Guide to the Egg Retrieval Experience


One of the pivotal moments of an IVF journey is egg retrieval. IVF stands for In Vitro Fertilization and is one of the most common procedures to help women who can’t conceive naturally. In this, the egg is fertilized outside the body in a petri dish and then it is implanted back in the woman’s uterus.

The day you are called for egg retrieval, you will be going through mix of emotions, which will be anxiety, excitement, anxiety, and fear. This beginner’s guide will help you in getting solutions for your queries about preparation, procedure, and recovery.

The Trigger Shot

The egg retrieval journey starts 36 hours before the actual retrieval when you take the trigger shot. It is this medication that prepares the body to get ready to release eggs at the precise moment.

Pre-Egg Retrieval

It’s not a very painful process and is done under “twilight anesthesia.” You shouldn’t eat or drink anything the night before if the surgery is scheduled for the next morning.

Actual Procedure

Once you are in the procedure room, the total time taken from administering anesthesia to retrieval takes 15-20 minutes. The doctor identifies ovaries with an ultrasound guide. Next, he/she inserts a thin needle, which is attached to a catheter all the way through the vaginal wall and draws out the eggs, one after the other using light suction. These are then collected in test tubes and handed to an embryologist for further procedure. The doctor examines the vaginal wall and ovaries to ascertain if all is well. This surgery doesn’t lead to any scar or stitch.

Post-Egg Retrieval

You are shifted to the recovery room where you are monitored for 30-60 minutes. Once you are fully awake, you can go home. Rest for 24 hours and follow the post-op instructions given by the doctor.

It is not a dangerous or complex procedure. Once you know how it progresses, your mind will be at ease.