An action shot during an egg retrieval...
It’s no surprise I love IVF.
It combines understanding hormone pathways, procedures, and technology. And...the science is very, very cool. 🤓
The actual egg retrieval is done under IV sedation. A needle guide is attached to a vaginal ultrasound and each follicle in the ovary is entered and aspirated. The embryologist then evaluates the follicular fluid and identifies the oocytes (eggs). The eggs are then fertilized with sperm, and embryos grow out in culture until they are ready for either transfer or freezing (typically now day 5 or 6). Alternatively, eggs themselves can be frozen to preserve fertility options for later use (either due to medical illness or for family planning). As a side note, when a patient tells you that they follow you on Instagram - all the feels 🙌🏻
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