Once the ovarian follicles have achieved an adequate size and stage of development, a trigger injection is given to induce final maturation of the eggs. The timing of this injection is very important to the outcomes of your in vitro fertilization (IVF) Mexico cycle and needs to be precise. An egg retrieval procedure is then scheduled for 36 hours following this injection.
Egg Retrieval Mexico Procedure
There are two parts to a successful egg retrieval procedure: the egg donor’s Cycle and the recipients’ cycle.
Once the doctor decides the follicles are mature, the egg retrieval will take place. Approximately 36 hours before retrieval, the egg donor will be given a hormone injection to ensure that the eggs are ready to be harvested. The Egg Retrieval is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that requires a light general anesthetic and lasts about 20-30 minutes. The doctor will use a small ultrasound-guided needle inserted through the vagina to aspirate the follicles in both ovaries. Immediately following the surgery you will rest in the recovery room for an hour or two.
Risks and Side Effects of Egg Retrieval
Egg retrieval in Mexico is always performed under ultrasound guidance. Bleeding, infection, and damage to the bowel or bladder may occur, although the risk is minimal. There is also a chance that eggs may not be found and pregnancy may not ensue.
Another potential complication is ovarian hyperstimulation. This is an exaggerated response to stimulation of the ovaries with medications. Our care team individualizes patient care to try to prevent this complication. We may ask you to monitor for hyperstimulation and at that time, you would receive full instructions from our staff on what symptoms to watch for.
During ovarian hyperstimulation, the ovaries become enlarged and fluid may collect in the abdominal cavity causing bloating. Hospitalization may be required if ovarian hyperstimulation progresses to a severe state.
Recovery from Egg Retrieval
Following egg retrieval in Mexico, patients may experience vaginal bleeding and some lower abdominal discomfort, but you may resume normal activities in the next day or two. You will most likely experience a heavier than normal period that month (typically 12 days after the procedure).