women facing infertility for such factors like age, known endometriosis, or inoperable tubal disease,
IVF is an effective solution for achieving pregnancy and starting a family.
An essential step in the IVF process is egg retrieval. Once complete,
it will facilitate fertilization (with partner or donor sperm) and embryo
development. Embryologists will then help select the best quality embryos
to transfer to the uterus in the hopes of a successful implantation. Egg
retrieval will require the use of prescribed fertility drugs prior to
the procedure. It will also entail careful monitoring in your reproductive
clinic to ensure accurate timing for the harvesting of the eggs. Below
you can get a better idea of what the egg retrieval procedure will require
so that you are well-prepared for this process.
Preparing Your Body
Egg retrieval is scheduled well in advance because there are some essential
steps that must occur beforehand. Shortly after the start of your menstrual
cycle, you will begin taking medications to help stimulate the ovaries
to develop as many viable eggs as possible during the cycle. During this
time, your ovulation progress is monitored through hormone levels and
ultrasound imaging. Just before egg retrieval takes place, the doctor
will provide an injection of the hormone hCG / Lupron which will further
the chances of a successful retrieval.
Getting Ready for Your Procedure
Food and drink should be restricted from midnight, the night before the
procedure. Alcohol, tobacco, and CNS depressants (anything that makes
you drowsy) are to be strictly avoided for 4 days prior to the procedure.
On the morning of the retrieval, do not wear any perfume, makeup, contact
lenses, or jewelry. Be sure to arrive at the clinic in comfortable clothes
with an adult companion ready to drive you home.
During the Procedure
You will be under conscious sedation which is administered through an IV
(intravenous) to help with pain relief. Common side effects from this
include allergic reactions, drowsiness, dizziness, unusual weakness, headaches,
and memory impairment. For these reasons, you will be required to be accompanied
by adult to be discharged. During the procedure, the doctor will use a
needle guided by ultrasound to puncture the ovarian follicles and retrieve
eggs to be fertilized within hours in a laboratory setting.
At ReproMed, you can expect to be fully informed about your infertility
diagnosis and your treatment options, as
patient education is a top priority in our Toronto assisted reproduction institute. To schedule
a consultation with our compassionate and dedicated team, give us a call
today at (972) 494-5438.