Egg retrieval is an office procedure that requires a sterile environment which is why partners are not able to be present in the room. Using ultrasound as a guide, a thin needle is passed through the top of the vagina and into the ovarian follicles. This nonsurgical procedure is possible because the ovaries are located directly next to the vagina. The needle enters the follicles and removes the follicular fluid which contains the eggs. The fluid is then examined under a microscope to identify the eggs.
Egg retrieval can take anywhere from 5-20 minutes minutes. Medications are administered by an anesthesiologist and women will not feel any discomfort during the procedure. Because of the pain medications you will receive that day, you are not able to drive. Egg retrieval is a very safe procedure and serious complications are rare.