3 Potential Risks of Egg Retrieval

On the day of your egg retrieval procedure, Dr. Randy S. Morris will use a vaginal ultrasound to guide the insertion of a long, thin device through your vagina to the ovary. When the ovary is located, each follicle is pierced to retrieve the egg. The procedure is performed while you are under anesthesia. You should plan on resting after the egg retrieval procedure, however, the following day you will be able to resume your normal daily activities.

The Egg Retrieval Procedure

  • After your cycle has been regulated, you will undergo a series of hormone medication injections to stimulate the growth of multiple eggs
  • The development of your egg follicles are monitored with regular blood level hormone measurements and pelvic ultrasounds
  • When the Doctor determines your egg follicles have reached a prime stage of maturity, ovulation will be induced via hCG injection administration
  • Your eggs are surgically retrieved by the Doctor using a transvaginal ultrasound-guided aspiration tool while you are under general anesthesia

Potential Risks of Egg Retrieval

  1. Mild to moderate pelvic and abdominal pain
  1. Rare injury to organs near the ovaries, such as the bladder, bowel, or blood vessels
  2. Rare pelvic infection

To decrease the risks of egg retrieval surgery, you will be prescribed a series of medications post-egg retrieval procedure. Further, you will be advised to refrain from some basic lifestyle choices.

  • Antibiotic to prevent infection
  • Hormonal supplements to prepare your endometrial lining – progesterone-injections and/or progesterone vaginal suppositories
  • Refrain from sexual intercourse
  • Avoid baths or submerging yourself in water – especially hot tubs
  • Do not use tampons for post-retrieval bleeding

Preeminent Egg Retrieval Specialist

Dr. Randy S. Morris – founder and Medical Director of IVF1 – has been specializing in IVF for over 20 years. IVF1 is a high-tech fertility center having a spa-like atmosphere intertwined with friendly, experienced, and individualized patient care. You will be invited into a calming environment encompassing soothing music and an appealing color scheme. IVF1’s ambience has been scientifically designed to reduce your stress and enhance your chances of getting pregnant.

Click the icon below and download a recently published eBook by Dr. Randy Morris – Guide to Fertility Treatment – for more information about your fertility treatment options.

Long distance patients can consult with Dr. Morris through a secured Infertility Video Consultation. Or, schedule your in-person consultation by calling 630.357.6540.

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