Oocyte retrieval is a procedure used to obtain eggs from a female’s ovary. The procedure has minimal risks. The entire procedure usually takes between 30-60 minutes and the patient can be discharged that same day after a few hours of rest.
WHO NEEDS AN OOCYTE RETRIEVAL
HOW IT WORKS
About 36 hours before the procedure, a hcG(human choronionic gonadropin) injection is administered to the patient. HCG is a hormone that signals the follicles to prepare to ovulate. The eggs are retrieved while they are still in the follicles. It is easier to obtain them this way.
A surgeon performs the procedure with the guidance of ultrasound technology. The surgeon uses a needle to pierce a follicle and suctions the oocyte out. The surgeon repeats the process on another follicle.