IVF egg collection explained
Egg collection is fairly straightforward and typically takes up to 20 mins. After changing into a gown at the clinic, you will be given a sedative, to make sure you don’t feel any pain and that you remain still during egg collection.
In the theatre, your IVF consultant inserts an ultrasound probe with a needle attached into your vagina and guides it gently through the vaginal wall into each of the follicles of your ovaries. The fluid inside each follicle, along with any eggs, is collected and transferred into a test tube. The test tube sample is taken to the embryology lab where an embryologist will examine the fluid under a microscope and retrieve the eggs.
You’ll be told how many eggs are collected at the end of the procedure, although, not all the eggs will be suitable for use.
Note that it’s not uncommon to have symptoms similar to a period after egg collection, such as cramps or a small amount of vaginal bleeding.