When should you receive egg retrieval? What is the process of egg retrieval / egg freezing? Is staying overnight at the clinic required?

When should you receive egg retrieval? What is the process of egg retrieval / egg freezing? Is staying overnight at the clinic required?


Prepare for egg freezing and get ready for becoming a mother

Many women are facing infertility whether it is because of age increase or health conditions. Particularly, when the social value about women’s pregnancy has changed. Women need to be wealthy and set up a long-term plan for pregnancy. This makes an increasing trend in the number of couples prefer getting married and having kids at the older age. Although the technology nowadays is quite up-to-date, making the success in pregnancy but proceeding medical treatment with the technology will require the readiness of finance, time, and mind. Therefore, egg freezing and egg retrieval must be well prepared and thoroughly considered in order to maximize the success in egg freezing.


Benefits and the need of egg freezing 

  1. Egg freezing helps increase the chance of pregnancy in women over 35 years old because the quality and quantity of women’s eggs gradually decrease by age.
  2. Increase the chance of getting pregnant in women with medical conditions.
  3. Reduce the risks of the baby with chromosome abnormalities.
  4. Reduce the chance of down syndrome in the baby.
  5. It is a solution for those who want to plan their pregnancy by determining the age of conceiving. This is because the eggs can be stored as long as needed until women are ready for pregnancy.

Process and procedures of egg retrieval, egg freezing

  1. Hormone testing: It is the first step of egg freezing. The doctor will examine the pelvic organs to look for abnormalities, such as uterine fibroids, endometriosis. In the meantime, the ovaries will be checked on day 2-3 of period to assess the follicle count before starting treatment. After that, blood test will be proceeded to evaluate the ovarian function in that menstrual cycle.
  2. Ovarian stimulation: Once the test results have been released, the doctor will consider if the stimulation can be started within that cycle or not. If yes, some injections will be prescribed to stimulate the egg production, leading the greater number of eggs than usual. And there is an injection to inhibit the ovulation from happening before a specified time.
  3. Follow up the development of eggs: Hormone testing and transvaginal ultrasound will be performed periodically in order to monitor the size and the number of eggs regarding the stimulation.
  4. Injection: When getting the suitable amount and the right size of eggs, the doctor will prescribe an injection to induce ovum maturity. It will make the eggs ready for the next step which is egg retrieval.
  5. Egg retrieval: 34-36 Hours after the last injection, the doctor will perform egg retrieval by using the ultrasound scan to guide the site of eggs. After that, a special needle will be used to puncture the ovaries and aspirate the eggs. This is the procedure under anesthesia and it will take about 30 minutes. After the surgery, there is only 1-2 hours of recovery time. In case of no serious complications, the patients will be allowed to leave without the need of staying overnight at the clinic or hospital.

Recommendations before, during, and after the egg freezing / egg retrieval

Before egg retrieval

  1. Always inject the medication for egg stimulation on time.
  2. Eat healthy foods, select the foods that are high in protein, reduce starches, sweet foods, avoid snacks.
  3. Avoid alcoholic beverages and smoking.
  4. Complete 5 food groups.
  5. Get enough sleep and be able to cope with stress well.
  6. Avoid the foods that cause diarrhea, such as pickled foods, spicy foods.

During the process of egg retrieval

  1. Keep calm, no stress or worrying too much about the medical procedures.
  2. Don’t lift heavy objects or doing hard activities before egg retrieval, e.g., long distance running, rope skipping, weightlifting, and having sex.
  3. Fasting 8 hours before egg retrieval.
  4. No make up, nail polish, perfume, and contact lens on the egg pick up day.
  5. Come with at least 1 of your friends or family members to help take care of you after the egg pick up is finished.

After egg retrieval

  1. You will need someone to take care of you especially in the early days after the egg pick up. Don’t drive on your own.
  2. Don’t lift heavy objects or doing hard activities or hard exercises. And refrain from having sex at least 1 week after the retrieval.
  3. See the doctor immediately in case of pelvic pain, flatulence, or abdominal swelling.
  4. If you have abnormal vaginal bleeding like bleeding bright red blood, you should hurry up to visit the doctor.
  5. Avoid the foods that may cause constipation or diarrhea, such as papaya salad, pickled foods, beans, etc.
  6. Eat egg white as the protein in egg white can help reduce the fluid retention and the symptoms of flatulence or abdominal swelling.

Success rates of egg freezing will be high when proceeding at a young age. The recommended age range is 30-35 years or younger. Women who are planning for future pregnancy should consult with the doctor regarding egg freezing and do it at a young age in order to obtain the potential eggs for the future needs. Apart from studying information carefully before treating, choosing the hospital or clinic that is specialized in obstetrics and gynecology is also important.


Prime Fertility Center, we not only provide infertility treatment services but what we aim and consistently develop is customer service with care, being ready to provide consultation, taking care and paying attention to every emotion like a family member. As we well understand the feeling, pressure, and stress of those who are unable to have babies. So, we aim to deliver warmth and offer full services to facilitate our patients. We work with the determination and attention of our specialized doctor, embryologists, and skillful staff in taking care of the patients and providing a comprehensive counseling service.


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