Egg retrieval day (also known as egg collection) is a pivotal moment in in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment and can also be used in egg freezing too. After 10 days of medication and perhaps months of anticipation, it’s finally time to discover how many eggs your ovaries have been busy producing.
The results of the egg retrieval process will ultimately determine how many embryos you have to choose from for transfer day. It’s understandable, then, that this can feel like a tense part of an already emotionally charged process. With so much riding on the procedure, you may feel under pressure, which is completely natural. But the more information you have, the better you’ll know what to expect and the calmer you might feel. So read on as a fertility expert takes you through exactly what happens during the IVF egg retrieval process and what the outcome might mean for your fertility journey.