1. Egg retrieval
Before retrieving the eggs, it is advisable to eat a light breakfast without any dairy products.
You will arrive at your scheduled appointment time (normally between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.) and can expect to be at the clinic for approx. 1–2 hours.
If you are alone, it is recommended that you bring someone with you as you should not drive afterwards due to the medication we give you during the egg retrieval, and because of the medication listed below.
Approximately 1 hour before you arrive at the clinic, you will take 1 Diazepam 5 mg tablet to sedate you, and 2 Pinex 500 mg tablets for pain relief. We will provide you with these tablets on the day of egg retrieval.
Immediately before egg retrieval is performed, the nurse will insert a small plastic needle into a vein (Venflon). A biomedical laboratory technician will check that your name and social insurance number are correct. The nurse will administer pain relief and sedation medication, while the doctor rinses out and administers a local anaesthetic in the vaginal wall.
You will feel drowsy but will be awake the whole time. Your pulse and blood pressure will be monitored throughout the whole procedure.
3. The egg retrieval procedure:
The egg retrieval procedure itself is performed by inserting a fine needle through the vaginal wall into the ovary under ultrasound. The individual follicles are drained, and the egg is extracted along with the fluid.
We try to empty all follicles, and you will be told immediately if we have located an egg. However, not every follicle contains an egg. A biomedical laboratory technician uses a microscope to locate the eggs in the fluid that has been extracted. You will be able to follow the egg retrieval procedure on the ultrasound monitor and will be able to see the retrieved eggs on a TV screen.
If you have someone accompanying you, they will be given the opportunity to sit beside you during the egg retrieval procedure.
The egg retrieval procedure itself normally takes 5–10 minutes. After the procedure, you will rest for approximately 1 hour at the clinic. We recommend that you rest at home for the remainder of the day. You may experience a little vaginal bleeding during the following couple of days (similar to light menstruation). The blood comes from the punctures made by the needle in the vagina – not from the uterus. You may also experience some moderate pain which can be alleviated with paracetamol. Someone must accompany you home as you are not permitted to drive during the following 24 hours. If possible, you should also not be left alone for the rest of that day. You may experience some mild discomfort for up to a week after the procedure.