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Can you get pregnant naturally after egg retrieval?

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Answer from: Patricio Calamera, MD, MSc, ObGyn

Gynaecologist, Specialist in Reproductive Medicine Ginemed
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Yes, well yes, you you do can get pregnant after a egg retrieval and I’ve seen it in my career because sometimes we don’t retrieve all of the oocytes and we left the smallest one and as the medication can keep being in your blood for some more time, those small one can grow and ovulate because we actually do the trigger. The trigger it’s a medication that matures the oocytes but after the correct timing, amount of hours, the follicles break and they produce an ovulation. That’s what we do while doing IUI or IUT, we wait for the ovulation and then we do the insemination but the drugs are the same. So, basically the oocytes that we don’t retrieve, which of course are the smallest one, can grow and ovulate and sometimes we miss one of the big ones and there is a high chance of getting pregnant after IVF. It’s not that common in patients because maybe there’s some other things that actually make them not get pregnant like a male factor or the blocked tubes or something else but we do see this in our donors. We have to be very careful with the donors because they can easily get pregnant after that because we retrieve a lot of oocytes for an egg donation and those are young women, young healthy women so, we have to be very strict on the indications of oocytes retrieval with the donors.

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