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How long does the egg retrieval process take?

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Answer from: Patricio Calamera, MD, MSc, ObGyn

Gynaecologist, Specialist in Reproductive Medicine Ginemed
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The process takes about 5 to 10 minutes. It is actually not long. What takes the most is the preparation for retrieval and the post retrieval part – when we bring the patient to OR and put IV and to the anesthetic then, after that, the procedure is really fast. Then we have to wake up the patient and bring her back to the room, so the “key process” of retrieving eggs takes 5 to 10 minutes, not more than that.

Answer from: Alpesh Doshi

Embryologist, Consultant Embryologist and Co founder at IVF London
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It really depends on the number of follicles that are present in each of the ovaries. I have known egg collections to take over an hour and I have also known egg collections to take five minutes. It sometimes takes longer to sedate a patient than to actually do the egg collection procedure, especially if there’s only one or two follicles in the ovaries. It depends on the number of follicles which will determine how long the procedure takes but anything from 10 minutes for that procedure to an hour . As an average it takes about half an hour

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How long is egg retrieval process?

Harvesting eggs usually takes on average 20 minutes. We need to keep in mind that the process of preparation requires more time as the patient is seduced.

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