How painful is egg retrieval?

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How painful is egg retrieval?
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Wed, 07-23-2014 - 11:29am

Hello,

We are about to start IVF, not only is freaking expensive, but now I'm getting scared of the pain involved. I'm 40. How painful is the egg retrieval? can you exercise (run & weights) during the whole lenght of the IVF treatment?

Thanks,

Al

Ale
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Registered: 07-04-2011
Wed, 07-23-2014 - 5:07pm

I have a friend who just did this and while it is painful, its not anything to be scared of. She said it was more just uncomfortable for a few days not horrid pain. She doesn't exercise so I'm not sure if that is allowed or not. You probably want to be sure to talk to your doctor about it.

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Wed, 07-23-2014 - 8:17pm

If having a child was THE MOST IMPORTANT THING in the whole world, the cost, the pain, and whether or not it would inconvenience your workout routine, would not matter.  I think you should do some real soul searching about how committed you are to having children.  The cost, pain, and inconvenience of children do not end the day you conceive.   It lasts for the rest of your life. 

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Registered: 09-22-2014
Thu, 10-09-2014 - 8:36am
Hello, I am an IVF specialist myself so i can tell you exactly how it is done. The retrieval is usually scheduled 34-36 hours following HCG injection. The patient is generally called empty stomach so that short sedation could be given for the procedure. A needle is inserted through the vagina into the ovaries under ultrasound guidance but the patient does not feel the pain due to sedation. The follicles are punctured one by one and the fluid containing the eggs is collected in test tubes and quickly given to the embryologists in the IVF laboratory. The procedure takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. Simultaneously husband is asked to give his semen sample. An abstinence of 2-5 days is recommended before the scheduled day of retrieval. After the procedure is over, the patient is allowed to rest for some time and then sent home. The patient might have some pelvic pain or soreness and heaviness with some amount of spotting on that day. She is advised rest and abstinence on the day.
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Registered: 10-15-2014
Wed, 10-15-2014 - 6:04pm

Hi,The retrieval itself isnt painful. For days after though, you may experience light cramping and soarness. I wish you all the best!!!

aul74 wrote:
<p>Hello,</p><p>We are about to start IVF, not only is freaking expensive, but now I'm getting scared of the pain involved. I'm 40. How painful is the egg retrieval? can you exercise (run &amp; weights) during the whole lenght of the IVF treatment?</p><p>Thanks,</p><p>Al</p>