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As an egg donor, your last step in your journey is the egg retrieval process. While technically, it is considered a surgery, the egg retrieval procedure is a minimally invasive medical procedure that involves no lacerations or stitching. So what can you expect during your egg retrieval procedure?

General Anesthesia

The first thing you can expect is to undergo complete sedation. If this is your first time experiencing general anesthesia, it will feel no different than falling into a deep sleep. Therefore, you won’t feel a thing during egg retrieval surgery. While the process only lasts 15 minutes, probably shorter than a quick power nap, general anesthesia will make you feel like you were asleep for longer. But once again, you’re entirely sedated and have no concept of time or what is occurring around you.

Egg Extraction

The first part of surgery begins with your operating doctor locating your ovaries with an ultrasound. Once found, the doctor will extract the eggs by suctioning out each one individually. Just imagine a small compact vacuum suctioning each tiny little egg from your body one by one. After the extraction, the eggs are safely stored in preparation for the IVF process.

Make Sure Everything Looks Okay

The actual surgery is over after the doctor is finished extracting your eggs. Now she or he will evaluate your ovaries and duct walls to make sure that everything looks normal. In case of any bleeding, the doctor will take the necessary steps to prevent any hemorrhaging, which is a rare occurrence. However, light bleeding can be common at times. If this is the case, the doctor will initiate steps to apply pressure to the area and control the bleeding.

Get Home Safely

Once you awake from surgery, you can expect to feel groggy and a bit tired. We highly recommend that you bring someone like a friend or relative to take you home or make other transportation arrangments using a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft. We definitely wouldn’t advise driving yourself back. Also, you’ll be required to rest and undergo monitoring for about an hour, during which a medical professional like a nurse will check up on you regularly and take your vitals.

Get Some Rest

Although the egg retrieval procedure only lasts 15 minutes, it’s highly recommended that you cancel anything else that may be going on that day. This includes taking the day off from school, work, or your friend’s birthday party. Just plan on staying home and resting. You will feel some soreness and have less energy. An over-the-counter pain reliever like Advil or Ibuprofen should be good enough to alleviate any discomfort you may have.

If you experience any complications, like nausea, vomiting, unusual bleeding, high fever, or anything else out of the ordinary, contact us or go to the nearest emergency room if you think it might require immediate attention. However, note that severe complications from egg retrieval are very infrequent. Nevertheless, it’s still a good idea to take good care of yourself and don’t over exert yourself on the day of your egg retrieval. By the next day, you should be able to resume back to your regular activities.

Are you ready to be an egg donor?

Learn more about egg donation here:

Egg Donor Requirements

It’s More than Money: The Reasons and Benefits for Egg Donation

How the Egg Donation Process Works

Preparing for Egg Donation: Ask Yourself the Following Questions


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