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Is egg retrieval for IVF painful?

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Answer from: Patricio Calamera, MD, MSc, ObGyn

Gynaecologist, Specialist in Reproductive Medicine Ginemed
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Egg retrieval should not be painful because of anesthetic that we use. This is not a general anesthesia, it is just a sedation and by doing that, you will not get any discomfort from the procedure, so this way it allows us to work better. Basically the patient is sleeping, so no, it is not at all painful.

Answer from: Tomas Frgala, PhD

Gynaecologist, Head Physician at UNICA Clinic - Brno
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The oocyte pickup might be unpleasant or painful even depending on the number of follicles in the ovaries and the actual position of the ovaries, how accessible they are but that’s why this is pretty much the only procedure throughout the IVF process that we do perform under general anesthesia. It’s a very short anesthesia, usually 10 -15 minutes but it makes the whole experience much easier for the patient. An alternative is a light sedation. It can be sometimes performed even without general anesthesia but I wouldn’t recommend that if there’s more than, let’s say, four or five follicles present.

Answer from: Alpesh Doshi

Embryologist, Consultant Embryologist and Co founder at IVF London
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Not during the procedure because the procedure is done under deep sedation. If the procedure is done under local anesthetic, which some patients prefer to do, then it can be painful because essentially the patient is fully awake.There’s just a bit of local block that has been given in the vagina or even the cervix and the patient may feel a bit of discomfort. 99.9% of women want deep sedation, and in in such cases they don’t feel anything. Majorly post egg collection, they wake up very nicely, and if there’s no complication if the procedure has gone uneventful then they’re absolutely fine an hour later after the egg collection or even two hours later to go home. If in some cases they may see a bit of spotting or bleeding, which means that we may have to just monitor the blood pressure for a while. Usually these things stop within an hour so they’re good to go. Generally the answer is no, they shouldn’t find discomfort and pain after egg collection.

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Can I expect pain during or after an egg retrieval procedure?

During ovarian stimulations patients are under close supervision. The ultrasound scan is made by the doctor to check the response to medication but also to schedule the day of egg retrieval. Prior to the scheduled egg retrieval date, the trigger shot would be given to help eggs mature.

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