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Egg Retrieval

The process of introducing a long needle through the vagina and into the ovaries to aspirate the follicles that contain the eggs. It is done under ultrasound guidance. The ovaries are visualized on the ultrasound screen and the needle aspirates the follicles with gentle suction. The aspirated fluid is sent to the embryologist who examines it and isolates the egg. The procedure is done under sedation and is therefore painless. It takes about 20 minutes to complete and the patient is discharged one hour later. The patient is not allowed to drive because of slight drowsiness for a few hours after the procedure. Complications are very rare and include bleeding and infection.

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