The Ovum Pick-Up Procedure: Precautions to Take Before Egg Collection
Undergoing IVF treatment can be both an exciting and challenging journey for couples looking to conceive. One crucial step in the process is the ovum pick-up procedure, where eggs are collected for fertilization.
It’s essential to take the necessary precautions before and during egg collection to maximize the chances of a successful outcome. In this blog, we’ll provide a comprehensive guide on the steps you need to take and the precautions you should consider leading up to the ovum pick-up procedure.
Preparation for the Ovum Pick-Up Procedure
Timing of injections: The daily injections leading up to egg collection are crucial in stimulating the development of eggs within the ovaries. These injections typically continue for 10 to 16 days until the follicles reach a size of 18 to 20 mm. The final injection, given to induce ovulation, is particularly important and must be administered at the correct time. Any deviation in the timing can negatively impact the outcome, potentially causing eggs not to mature or rupture.
Storing the final injection: Keep the final injection in the fridge, not the freezer, and transport it to the healthcare centre in a cold condition. This ensures the medication remains effective and supports proper egg maturation.
Preparing your partner: Your husband should ejaculate 3 to 4 days before the ovum pick-up to ensure a higher number of live sperm in his semen sample. This is important for maximising the chances of successful fertilization.
Antibiotics and stomach cleansing: Your doctor will prescribe antibiotics and stomach-cleansing medication one day before the ovum pick-up. These medications help minimise the risk of infection and prepare your body for the procedure.
Blood reports and ECG: Bring your recent blood reports and, if recommended by your doctor due to your age, an ECG. These tests are crucial for ensuring your safety during anaesthesia.
Day of the Ovum Pick-Up Procedure
Fasting: On the day of the ovum pick-up, refrain from eating or drinking anything after midnight. This is essential for your safety during anaesthesia.
Timeliness: Arrive at the hospital at least two hours before the scheduled procedure. This allows ample time for the pre-procedure preparations and ensures that you don’t miss the critical window for egg collection. If the timing exceeds, all eggs may rupture, and the doctor won’t be able to collect any viable eggs.
TESA procedure for Azoospermia: If your husband has Azoospermia, your doctor may plan the TESA (testicular sperm extraction) procedure on the same day as the ovum pick-up. It’s essential to have an accompanying person to assist you both during this time.
Hygiene and personal care: Take a thorough bath before the procedure, avoiding the use of perfumes, deodorants, and nail polish as they can impact the gametes. Leave your jewellery and contact lenses at home for your safety and comfort during the procedure.
Medication management: If you’re taking any medication, especially for diabetes, inform your doctor beforehand. They will provide guidance on how to manage your medication on the day of the procedure.
The Ovum Pick-Up Procedure
The ovum pick-up procedure typically lasts 15 to 20 minutes and is performed under anaesthesia. It’s 100% pain-free, with no incision necessary. Instead, a small needle is used to collect the eggs. Once the anaesthesia wears off, you’ll be allowed to go home. You may experience some mild pain, heaviness, or nausea after the procedure, which is normal.
Proper preparation, including adhering to your doctor’s instructions and taking the necessary precautions, will improve the chances of a successful IVF treatment. Remember that open communication with your healthcare team is vital throughout the IVF journey. They are your best resource for information and guidance on preparing for the ovum pick-up procedure and beyond. Don’t hesitate to ask questions and clarify any concerns you may have.
With proper preparation and a supportive healthcare team, the ovum pick-up procedure is a critical step toward achieving your dream of parenthood. We at our IVF centre are committed to providing the best care and guidance throughout your IVF journey, ensuring that you feel informed, comfortable, and confident every step of the way.
For more information about the ovum pick-up procedure or any other aspect of IVF treatment, please feel free to contact us. We’re here to help you on your path to parenthood.
Dr. Supriya Puranik
Gynaecologist & IVF Specialist
Often known as the last glimmer of hope for people who have lost all hope for conceiving a child, Dr. Supriya Puranik is a leading gynaecologist, high risk obstetrician and Head of IVF & Gynaecology department at Ankura Hospital for Women & Children.
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