Egg Retrieval Process

At Bay IVF, you do not need to go to a hospital for the egg retrieval procedure; it is performed right at our Clinic

How do I prepare for egg retrieval? How long does egg retrieval take? What happens after egg retrieval?

These are the most commonly asked questions related to the egg retrieval process.


The egg retrieval process for In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) has come a long way since its inception. With advancements in technology and medical expertise, the procedure has become relatively straightforward and comfortable for patients. This article provides an overview of the egg retrieval process, from preparation to what happens during and after the procedure.

Preparing for the Procedure:

  • Patients are advised not to eat or drink after midnight on the night before the egg retrieval to prepare for the upcoming procedure.
  • An hour before arriving at the clinic, patients are asked to take Triazolam, a relaxation pill that helps ease apprehension.

Arriving at the Clinic:

  • Upon arrival, vital signs are taken, and the patient is brought to the procedure room, where they change into a hospital gown.
  • An IV line is started through which pain medications will be administered.

Egg Retrieval Procedure

The egg retrieval procedure is a quick and relatively painless process that typically takes only 5 to 10 minutes to complete. Here’s what happens during the procedure:

Administering Pain Medication:

  • Dr. Polansky administers pain medication and relaxation drugs through the IV line, inducing a state of twilight anesthesia.
  • Some patients may fall asleep during the procedure, while others might remain awake and view the egg retrieval on an ultrasound screen.

Egg Retrieval Process:

  • Under ultrasound guidance, Dr. Polansky retrieves eggs from the ovaries using a thin needle passed through the top of the vagina.
  • The needle aspirates the follicular fluid containing the eggs. The process is usually completed within minutes.
  • Embryologists then examine the follicular fluid under a microscope for identification of eggs.


  • After the procedure, patients may experience mild to moderate abdominal cramping, for which they can take Tylenol for comfort.
  • The medications used for the procedure are short-acting and will be out of the patient’s system by the time they leave the clinic (about 45 to 60 minutes after the procedure).

What Happens After Egg Retrieval

The post-retrieval phase involves waiting for the fertilization process and understanding the next steps in the treatment:

Receiving the Egg Count Report:

  • Approximately 15-30 minutes after the egg retrieval, the embryologists provide information about the number of eggs retrieved.
  • The highest quality sperm is extracted from the male partner’s semen and combined with the eggs three hours after the retrieval.

Going Home:

  • After receiving the fertilization report, patients can get dressed and leave the clinic for home.
  • Most patients take it easy for the rest of the day, although some return to work after the procedure.

Conclusion: Egg retrieval for IVF has evolved significantly over the years, making it a safe and comfortable process for patients. Adequate preparation, skilled medical personnel, and modern technology contribute to the procedure’s success.

Understanding the steps involved and what to expect before, during, and after egg retrieval can help alleviate concerns and contribute to a positive experience for individuals undergoing this vital fertility treatment.

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Meet Your Doctor

  • Dr. Polansky received his medical diploma from Charles University in Prague, the Czech Republic, in 1978.
  • After completing his OB/GYN residency at Jewish Hospital in Saint Louis, MO, he graduated from the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) fellowship at Stanford University in 1985.
  • In the same year, he co-founded the Stanford IVF Clinic.
  • Dr. Polansky obtained board certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1986 and became REI subspecialty board certified in 1988.
  • In 1987, he left Stanford University and established Nova IVF.
  • In 2011, he founded Bay IVF, where he provides advanced fertility treatments with a holistic approach, utilizing state-of-the-art techniques.
  • Dr. Polansky personally performs ultrasound examinations, egg retrievals, embryo transfers, and ovarian and endometrial stimulations for his patients.
  • He is deeply committed to his patients and freely shares his cell phone number, ensuring accessibility and availability 24/7.

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Dr. Polansky’s Communication With Patients

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Initial Appointment Questions

When you call to schedule your consultation, Erica will ask you a short series of questions regarding your reproductive history.

  • Your name
  • Your date of birth
  • Your height
  • Your weight
  • Do you know which treatment you plan to have?
  • How many times have you been pregnant?
  • For each of your pregnancies, what was the conception date? (month and year)
  • What was the outcome?
  • Were the pregnancies with your current partner?
  • If known, what is the cause of your infertility?
  • What is your average cycle length? (number of days between onsets of your periods)
  • Are you currently taking any medications? If yes, which ones?
  • Are you allergic to any medications? If yes, which ones?
  • Your partner’s name (if applicable)
  • Your partner’s date of birth (if applicable)
  • What is the length of your relationship with your current partner? (years and months)
  • When was the last time either of you used any contraception?
  • Is the male partner currently taking any medications? If yes, which ones?
  • Is the male partner allergic to any medications? If yes, which ones?
  • What is the total number of pregnancies the male partner has ever caused?
  • Has the male partner ever caused a pregnancy without the ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection) procedure?
  • Has the male partner had a vasectomy or vasectomy reversal?
  • If available, for each Semen Analysis, please give the date (day, month, and year), volume, concentration (sperm count), percentage of motile sperm, and percentage of morphologically normal sperm.
  • Have you ever had any treatment for, or problems with, your lungs, heart, blood and blood vessels, breasts, digestive system, genito-urinary system, thyroid disease, diabetes, or neurological disorder? (female partner only)
  • For each X-ray of your uterus and Fallopian tubes (hysterosalpingogram), laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, or laparotomy, please give the procedure date (day, month, and year) and the findings.
  • If available, for each FSH, LH, estradiol (estrogen, E2), and AMH (Anti-Mullerian Hormone) test you have had, please give the date of the test (day, month, and year) and the result.
  • Have you done any intrauterine inseminations (IUI)? If yes, how many?
  • Have you had ovarian stimulation with injectable medications?
  • For each IVF treatment you have had, please provide the following information if available: Date (month and year), the dose of medications to stimulate your ovaries, your highest estrogen level, number of ovarian follicles that developed, number of eggs retrieved, whether ICSI was done, number of embryos available, number of embryos transferred, number of embryos frozen, and the treatment outcome.
  • Have you ever smoked cigarettes? If yes, how many cigarettes a day during the last three months? (Please remember that you must not smoke during your treatment.)

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Your Initial Visit at Bay IVF

Attending a new patient appointment at a fertility clinic can be stressful. Our primary objective is to ensure that your initial visit is friendly and relaxing. We encourage you to ask questions at every step of the process.

1 — When You Arrive

You will be welcomed by one of the clinic receptionists. One of our nurses will measure your height and weight and take your blood pressure

2 — Meet Your Doctor

Dr. Polansky will ask you a series of clarifying questions and then provide you with a summary of the factors contributing to your infertility

4 — Exam Room

One of the nurses will escort you to an examination room. Your examination will begin with listening to your lungs and heart

3 — Ask Your Questions

You will then have a discussion with him about the most suitable reproductive treatment(s) for you. During this time, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have

5 — Ultrasound of the Ovaries

The next step is a pelvic ultrasound to examine the uterus and ovaries. This ultrasound will help determine the number of antral follicles present within the ovaries

6 — Financial Part

Following that, you will have a discussion with one of the financial advisors regarding the financial aspects of your treatment, including potential treatment financing options

8 — Support 24/7

If you have any questions after leaving the clinic, please feel free to reach out to us via phone call, text, or email. Open and discreet communication is an integral part of the care we provide at Bay IVF

7 — What About Time?

Your entire visit is expected to last approximately one hour

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