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    6 Step Guide for IVF Egg Retrieval Process

    The Best Guide for IVF Egg Retrieval Process

    What does an IVF Egg Retrieval Process involve?

    egg retrieval processAn IVF egg retrieval is one of the big milestones on the road to assisted parenthood. This is true whether the woman going through the egg retrieval process will be using the eggs herself or is doing an egg donation.

    The IVF egg retrieval process isn’t just the actual retrieval, it’s also the important preparation beforehand. Throughout the entire IVF process, it’s important to eat a healthy diet, drink plenty of liquids and avoid smoking. The entire IVF egg retrieval process takes over two weeks and you should plan on taking the day of the egg retrieval off completely and not plan anything too strenuous for the next couple of days. A typical egg retrieval timeline goes like this:

    Ovulation Induction

    At the start of a cycle you will start taking synthetic hormones to stimulate your ovaries to produce multiple eggs. This involves using an injectable medication containing a follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), a luteinizing hormone (LH) or a combination of both. After eight to 14 days on the first medication, when the follicles are ready for egg retrieval, you will take human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) to help the eggs mature.

    The whole idea is to retrieve the eggs before they are released by the ovaries. Eggs are considered “mature” and are ready for retrieval when they are about 15-20mm in diameter. To determine if the eggs are ready for collection, the doctor will perform either a vaginal ultrasound to examine the ovaries or blood test to measure response to the medication.

    Egg Retrieval

    The actual egg retrieval is done 34 to 36 hours after the final shot, generally HCG, that helps the eggs mature. Since this is a small window of time, it’s very impor