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What to do and what not to do after egg retrieval?

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Answer from: Patricio Calamera, MD, MSc, ObGyn

Gynaecologist, Specialist in Reproductive Medicine Ginemed
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After the egg retrieval my recommendation would be to rest that day – the day of the egg retrieval and after that you can continue with normal life. In some occasions people do not need rest and start with normal life right away after they get better from anesthetic basically.

Answer from: Alpesh Doshi

Embryologist, Consultant Embryologist and Co founder at IVF London
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On the day of egg collection, we certainly advise that the patients don’t go home on their own.They should be accompanied by a family member or the partner, they should not be driving, they should not be signing any legal papers because they’ve had anesthetic. All the do’s and don’ts post an anesthetic have to be respected. We advise that the patient takes it easy on the day, plenty of fluids to wash out the anesthetic, plenty of fluids are needed also to pass out all the anesthetic drugs. We advise the patient to take it very  very easy. Of course they would if they’re sedated, they wouldn’t have had anything major to eat or drink that day but after the egg collection also to keep the diet light.
Next day, everything will go back to normal, so just that day we want them to be resting, we want them to take it easy because they will feel drowsy, they will feel drugged, they will feel all very woozy as well that day. So I certainly advise them to take it easy, not to go back to work, certainly not to go back to work but to go straight home, look after themselves and just sleep it off.

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What are dos and don'ts after an egg retrieval procedure? What should we be aware of?

During the stimulation process, ovaries enlarge to greater size than in the natural cycle as the medication would make more follicles to grow. Towards the end of the process and being close to the scheduled day of egg retrieval, patients may experience discomfort and abdominal tenderness as the ovaries would be swollen. Ovaries would return to normal size after the egg retrieval but it may take up to a couple of weeks.

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