Answering questions about preparing for egg retrieval
You aren’t alone if you have questions about preparing for the egg retrieval. After the medications and monitoring appointments, the grand finale is the egg retrieval procedure. Although our California egg donation agency does not perform the procedure, our staff is knowledgeable about the process. Our team wants to help you prepare for it so that you have the best experience possible – as you give the ultimate gift to hopeful parents.
Understanding the egg retrieval procedure
One of the ways we recommend preparing for egg retrieval is to understand the process. On the day of your egg retrieval, you will visit your fertility specialist for the 15 to 30 minute procedure.
- You will receive IV medication to keep you comfortable and sedated.
- Your fertility specialist will use ultrasound guidance to pass a needle through your vagina and into your ovaries.
- Your doctor will gently remove your eggs before sending them to the laboratory.
- There is no bleeding, stitches or incisions.
After the procedure, you will have a short recovery period at the fertility specialist’s office or surgery center before you go home to rest for the remainder of the day. You must have someone available to drive you home.
Tips for preparing for egg retrieval
You can take steps to prepare in the days leading up to your retrieval as well as on the day of the procedure. Our California egg donation agency has several recommendations for preparing for egg retrieval:
- Take it easy on exercise. You may want to exercise to reduce the bloating that can be caused by fertility medications, but it might be uncomfortable. The bloating is only temporary but usually is completely gone within 7 to 10 days after the egg retrieval. It is recommended you don’t work out until your first period after the retrieval which is approximately two weeks as your ovaries will still be enlarged. This can vary from donor to donor so please discuss any personal concerns with the doctor.
- Get plenty of sleep. You might feel tired as you go through the egg donation process, so don’t feel guilty for taking naps before or after your retrieval. Keeping fluids and drinking coconut water can help with the bloating.
- Be available for one full day off on the day of retrieval. Egg retrieval procedures are usually performed in the early morning so that women can spend the afternoon and evening resting. It can vary among donors but it typically takes a few days before you can resume your normal activities.
- Have someone to drive you home. You will be recovering from IV sedation after your egg retrieval, so you will need to make sure someone that you know is available to drive you home. You cannot take an Uber or any other form of transportation.
- Reach out for support. Egg donation is a beautiful and emotional process, so don’t hesitate to reach out to friends, family or the team at our California egg donation agency for support. Sharing your thoughts and emotions can be very helpful.
Contact our California egg donation agency if you have any questions about becoming an egg donor or preparing for egg retrieval. We are happy to walk you through the process and offer suggestions.