Just before ovulation, between 34 and 40 hours after your Trigger Shot, your eggs will be collected. You’ll be given a mild sedative, and then ultrasound probe fitted with a needle is inserted into your vagina to remove eggs from the follicles of each ovary. The eggs are placed into separate test tubes.
You will start taking progesterone the following day to prepare the lining of your uterus for implantation. If the procedure does not result in pregnancy, you will get your period. While this can be devastating, your doctor and clinic team will walk you through decisions about what to do next.
If your implantation is successful, your ovaries will produce progesterone for eight weeks, but some patients do need to take progesterone supplements for up to twelve weeks. The placenta will produce progesterone for the remainder of the pregnancy.
It is common to feel bloated, constipated, and/or nauseous following the medications necessary for egg collection, and you might feel pelvic or abdominal pain for a day or so. You can use a hot water bottle or painkillers to relieve the pain, but ensure you speak to your clinic first. If you experience severe pain, get in touch with your doctor as soon as possible.
You may experience dark red or brown spotting or light bleeding after egg collection, which can be dealt with by using panty liners. However, if you see any bright red blood, or start to bleed profusely, contact your doctor immediately.
Relax and take things easy for the first 24 hours after your egg collection, and ensure that you have someone to stay with you.
If you are not using donor sperm, the clinic will collect your partner’s sperm on the same day that your eggs are collected. It certainly isn’t a very romantic process, and can put your partner under a lot of pressure. In some cases, you can freeze sperm in advance and thaw it on the fertilisation day – speak with your clinic about this option.