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What can go wrong during egg retrieval?

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Answer from: Patricio Calamera, MD, MSc, ObGyn

Gynaecologist, Specialist in Reproductive Medicine Ginemed
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Something can go wrong and basically the complications in this area are the bleeding after the retrieval because we do have to go inside the ovary with the needle and that can cause a small bleeding and of course, blood in the peritoneum, inside the belly can be irritating and cause some pain. It usually doesn’t happen because as the puncture is so small that it’s actually closed right away so, bleeding is not that common but eventually once in a while this can happen. There’s another complication that is described which is the infections. Mostly if we miss the ovary and we sort of make a small puncture in the guts, that’s hard to happen, I mean, I’ve never seen one of those maybe it was one of the complications that they have at the beginning when they started with this type of transvaginal procedure because at the beginning they used to do it laparoscopically so, when we moved to the transvaginal approach for the egg retrieval maybe it was a new procedure but nowadays, we sort of control it very much so, it’s hard to miss the ovary and go through a big puzzle or the guts but of course, it is described in the literature and of course, it can happen. The other one is the ovarian hyperstimulation but that doesn’t have to do with the retrieval, that has to do with the IVF protocol so, that’s actually not specifically in this question. In general, it’s a pretty safe procedure but of course, when signing the consent, you’re gonna find all this described because we had to.

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