1. Why do some women want a full anaesthetic?
Some women are extremely nervous about these procedures. Some women’s past experience of egg retrieval or other gynaecological investigations may have been traumatic. Other women suffer from vaginismus, which makes it difficult to carry out such procedures without it being uncomfortable for the woman.
2. Why might this be a good idea?
It is very reassuring for many women, who would not otherwise be able to have an IVF attempt or insemination. The women feel that they are in good hands and experience less stress and anxiety when they know beforehand that they can have a full anaesthetic for these procedures.
3. What happens?
The woman comes to the clinic fasting and is shown into a room. This is the same room she will wake up in afterwards. Before the procedure, the anaesthetist will talk with the woman and ask her if she has any allergies, previous nausea or other experiences related to an anaesthetic.
When the procedure is over, the woman wakes up quickly, as she is only given a mild, short-acting anaesthetic. After that, she will be monitored for a few hours. She will be offered a light snack, and we will ensure that she is absolutely fine before she leaves the clinic.
It is important that the woman has someone to drive her home as she must not drive for the following 24 hours.
If the woman has a partner with her, the partner can be there for the entire procedure if he/she so wishes.