Undergoing the egg collection procedure

After weeks of injections, the big day for you and your partner finally arrives. You're bound to feel nervous. In fact, probably all sorts of emotions are churning around inside you.

You receive a light general anaesthetic for your egg collection procedure, and the trusted ultrasound machine is used for collection. The ultrasound probe is covered with a sterile plastic cover and fitted with a needle guide, along which a long metal needle slides. The surgery proceeds as follows (see also Figure 5-1):

1. The doctor inserts the ultrasound probe into your vagina to locate the follicles in your ovaries.

2. When your doctor has a clear view of a follicle he or she punctures it with the needle through the vaginal wall and sucks the follicular fluid into a test tube.

3. The doctor continues this process until all visible follicles are punctured and the follicular fluid is collected in test tubes.

4. The test tubes are passed to the lab where the embryologist tips the fluid into a dish and looks for the eggs under a microscope. The lab is usually adjacent to the theatre and the embryologist keeps your doctor up to speed with the egg tally.

The procedure usually takes only 15 to 20 minutes and then you're wheeled into a recovery area where you wake up soon afterwards. When you're 'with it' the doctor tells you how many eggs were found.

Pregnancy Diet Plan

Pregnancy Diet Plan

The first trimester is very important for the mother and the baby. For most women it is common to find out about their pregnancy after they have missed their menstrual cycle. Since, not all women note their menstrual cycle and dates of intercourse, it may cause slight confusion about the exact date of conception. That is why most women find out that they are pregnant only after one month of pregnancy.

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