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The Egg Retrieval Surgery

The egg-retrieval process for oocyte cryopreservation is the same as that for in vitro fertilization. This includes 2 – 4 weeks of hormone injections and hormonal contraception in order to stop ovulation, followed by more hormone injections to stimulate ovaries and ripen multiple eggs. When the eggs matured, additional hormone is given and the eggs are removed with an ultrasound-guided needle through the vagina. The procedure is conducted under anesthesia.

The word "surgery" might seems scary, but actually egg-retrieval surgery only takes 15 to 20 minutes and it's painless!


The doctor will use ultrasound to observe your ovaries, which will look like a cluster of grape by now. Your doctor will penetrate a thin needle through vaginal wall and gently reach out to one side of ovaries and extract the eggs. After finish one side, the other side will be done as well. These eggs will be collect into test tubes with your name and number on, then will be handed over to the embryologist who is an expert of oocyte cryopreservation. The embryologist will exam and count your eggs.


The anesthesiologist will put you under anesthesia by intravenous injection. This will make you fall asleep through the whole procedure, so you won't feel a thing, you might even have a sweet dream!


When complete the retrieval process, the doctor will exam your vaginal wall. There might be a little bit of bleeding so doctor might apply pressure on the wound site. The nurse will check on you by patting your shoulder and calling your name. You will rest for 60 to 90 minutes in the recovery area, where the nurse will keep on monitor your status. When you wake up from anesthesia, we will teach you how to take care your wound and how to take some medication for precaution.Finally, you can enjoy a nice and free meal at our cafe.

After egg retrieval, you may feel some soreness, bloated or some cramping in abdomen area, which could last few days. We suggest you go straight home by taxi or escort by a friend (or family member) and take the rest of the day off. Just put your work and responsibility aside temporarily and chilling. It's the perfect time for you to fall in love with oppa in Korea drama or to catch up on Netflix series!


Before you leave our center, we will give you a set of account and password of your on-line medical record, where you will have your own "oocytes deposit book". The next day of retrieval, the embryologist will let you know the condition of your eggs and how many mature eggs were ultimately frozen. You can see photos of your oocytes taken by embryologist at your on-line oocytes deposit book anywhere and anytime!

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  2. Great information and thanks for understanding the whole Eggs retrieval surgery procedure.