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What Happens During Egg Retrieval?

A key part of the egg donation process is the day of the donor’s egg retrieval procedure. For donors, this is typically the part of donation when the most questions arise – will egg retrieval hurt? Do I need to take time off from work or school? What is recovery like? What do I need to know before the procedure?

These concerns are all entirely understandable. Egg Donor America knows that certain aspects of the donation process are still relatively unknown in popular culture, so of course you’ll have questions. We want to assure potential donors that they will be supported at every step of their donation, which is why we’ve outlined what you need to know about the day of your egg retrieval below.

What happens during the egg retrieval?
The donor is given a light IV sedation for the egg retrieval procedure to ensure comfort. Under ultrasound guidance, the physician will pass a needle through the vaginal wall and aspirate the follicle fluid which contains the eggs. This fluid is drawn via the needle, which detaches the eggs from the ovary.

Taking time off
Egg donation does require that you attend appointments, but the day of your egg retrieval is one in which you will absolutely need to take time off from work or school instead of working around the appointment. This is due to both the total time needed to complete the procedure, around 2-3 hours including rest time, and the need to recover from the anesthesia.

Most patients can return to normal activities the day after the procedure, but you are advised to plan ahead in the event that your body requires more time for rest. In the hours after the egg retrieval, you may feel a bit drowsy/groggy, which means that you will need assistance returning home – you will not be able to drive yourself. We recommend planning that a family member or relative you trust assist with this.

What happens next?
In the first week post-procedure, we ask that donors keep in touch with their clinic of choice in the event of any rare side effects or complications. Donors should be honest about their concerns during this time; there is no need to “tough it out” if you are feeling unwell. About 7-10 days post-retrieval, a sonogram will be scheduled with your clinic. Once you are medically cleared, egg donor compensation will be mailed.

Are you interested in becoming an egg donor with Egg Donor America? Egg donors are compensated for their time and effort. Visit our egg donor FAQ page.

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