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Egg retrieval tomorrow morning

Corchi
Corchi

Hello tomorrow morning I’m having my egg retrieval done after 10 days of meds. Was wondering for anyone who has gone through it. How drugged are you? I mean after 2-3 hrs are you ok and can function as normal? Apparently I have around 20 eggs or so and I’m just a little stressed as never done this before...

Thank you all for your answers xx

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Hey! How exciting!

It’s just a light sedation - enough so you don’t feel anything but not too much to make you feel out of it after! I was really worried about that part too but it was fine.

You just need to rest for a bit after, have a cuppa and a snack ☺️and once you’re home just relax and maybe have a sleep 😴 I chilled out at the clinic then left with a friend, had some lunch then went home and watched tv in bed.

20 eggs is fab!

Good luck for tomorrow! You’ll be great! Xx

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to CLDxxx

Thank you so much. Now I just need to pray that at least one is good :-) from what I know egg quantity means nothing only egg quality and that is not something you can test for before right?

CLDxxx
CLDxxx
in reply to Corchi

Yes you’re right, definitely quality over quantity but it’s great to have more so you have a better chance!

Let us know how you get on xxx

Hiya! I was so nervous about the sedation, but it really wasn’t anything to worry about. It’s true when they say it’s like going for a nap. After the surgery I wasn’t groggy, but I was in quite a bit more pain than I was expecting. I had 23 eggs collected, so that probably had something to do with it. I had to take it very easy for about 3 days after the collection.

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to cggregory

Wow that’s as many as I have apparently and they have started me on an antibiotic from today. Maybe that’s why? Did you have successful embryo transfer?? How many of the 23 were good?

cggregory
cggregory
in reply to Corchi

I unfortunately had the worst luck you could possibly have. Out of the 23, 15 fertilized, but by day three all of the embryos were very poor quality - too poor to transfer or freeze.

I should emphasize that this is an extremely rare thing to happen with so many eggs fertilized (my doctor said it happens about 1% of the time). So I do not want my story to freak you out. But I wish I had gone in knowing it was a possibility because I was so shocked when I got the call.

Wishing you the best luck ❤️

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to cggregory

Thank you so much always best to know I agree

Hi Corchi. Good luck for tomorrow! 20 eggs! Wow! You should get a good "haul". :P

At one fertility clinic I was sedated, which is where you're knocked out but you come round pretty quick (nothing like general anaesthetic), but at the other fertility clinic they don't even knock people out, they just use a local anaesthetic. From what I can tell, that's unusual though.

All it takes is one egg, so best of luck!

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to ttcemmie

Thank you so much. Feeling calmer already. Thanks for answering xx

ttcemmie
ttcemmie
in reply to Corchi

From the two sedations I've had: one I went out to the theatre that evening after and the other I had to get the tube across London and train back home to Berkshire, so really nothing like general anaesthetic. I'm not recommending you do these things... I'm just saying! Lol, unfortunately those were the circumstances for me.

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to ttcemmie

Sounds chill. I think I’m more nervous these eggs will fertilize than anything else. I know I’ve been through way worse ☺️

ttcemmie
ttcemmie
in reply to Corchi

Yes, every stage is nerve-racking and stressful. Fingers crossed for fertilisation.

ttcemmie
ttcemmie
in reply to Corchi

I was quite tired after, but then I have found the entire IVF process tiring. It is a very draining process.

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to ttcemmie

I’m exhausted and so hormonal. I don’t even recognize myself and I’m so bloated, boobs killing me, pimples on my face and of course husband does not fully understand any of what I’m going through ....

ttcemmie
ttcemmie
in reply to Corchi

I know those feelings. :( It's a difficult time. Still, the hope gets us through.

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to ttcemmie

Always

The sedation is great as it wears off pretty quickly but you don’t remember anything about the collection, the last thing I remembered was being told I’d feel a chill in my arm then as I adamantly declared I didn’t I fell asleep 😂.

I got 18 eggs and felt a little sick afterwards to be honest, however as soon as I said the anaesthetist gave me more anti emetic and within 20 mins I started to feel better and was up eating my toast and peeing so I could go home.

Good luck for tomorrow ❤️ X

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to MrsH86

Thank you so much 😊

Eeek! good luck for tomorrow, You will be absolutely fine.

Sedation seems to vary from hospital to hospital. Mine felt like a GA - I was completely knocked out so don’t remember a thing. Felt a little tired and queasy after but I didn’t sleep much the night before so was probably a mix of both. Nothing an afternoon of Netflix and lucozade didn’t fix. X

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to Solly-44

Thanks so much! I look forward to bingeing on Netflix 😋😃

Hi! I had around 20 to collect, got 14. Sedation was fine I was however very uncomfortable when I woke up, I had a 3&half hour drive home and would suggest a hot water bottle and very comfy trousers or leggings. I wanted to cry with the pain but not because it was sore (sounds mad) just with the situation and feeling like I had been through something. Good luck! X

It’s mostly psychological I think 🤔

Yea, I hadn’t ever thought I’d be sore after it and then shocked at it.

Sounds promising. I had around 20 follicles, from which they got 9 mature eggs. From those we have 1 baby and 3 more embryos 'on ice'.

The antibiotic is preventative as they have to go through the wall of the vagina to get to the ovaries and it's to prevent infection there.

I felt surprisingly rough for a couple of days after, but I had mild OHSS and ended up having a freeze-all cycle. Some people feel fine after but I needed the day off work the next day and still didn't feel great when I was back 2 days after collection. Be prepared that you might need to take some time off, but hopefully you won't. Best of luck, I hope you get loads of good-quality little eggs - keep us posted!!

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to MissSaoPaulo

Wow amazing!!! I hope I get the same news !!!

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to MissSaoPaulo

33 eggs and crazy painful after like a bad miscarriage. Then took so many painkillers that felt sick. Was under 20’. Let’s pray we get some good ones from all these !!!

MissSaoPaulo
MissSaoPaulo
in reply to Corchi

Wow, 33!! Feet up, drink loads of water and tell your OH it's very important you be waited on hand and foot!! Hope you recover quickly and hope you get good numbers fertilized and developing xxx

My anaesthetist was hot which helped 😂 I remember going into the room, mask on, looked at the ceiling and the next thing I knew I was back in the room . Defo plan to rest for several days after. I was tired on and off for rest of next couple of days before I felt like myself.

Definitely wrap yourself up in a blanket or quilt on the couch and watch good movies. I was told no hot water bottle as it encourages the internal wounds to bleed. I took some co. Odamol for two days after then some paracetamol . Feels like a tired cramp than major pain after.

I remember being nervous though too. Yet when I got to the clinic they put me at ease because they are all so aware of the process and are total professionals.

They will tell you as soon as you wake up how many eggs you have then should repeat what their process is for the following days and the updates etc.

Just take it easy and be kind to yourself .

All the best,

Rhinocat x

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to RhinoCat

Thank you so much 😊 hope my an anesthesiologist is hot too 😂

Hi Corchi, good look for tomorrow, very exciting and around 20 is a fab number!! My experience is similar to everybody else’s. I’d never had any kind of surgery before so was really nervous but it was fine. I had a heavy sedation and don’t remember a thing after the cannula going in my hand. When I came round I had a cup of tea and some toast then was on my way home. Just felt a little tired and some light cramps in the evening but otherwise fine. Just take it easy, put your feet and have an early night. You’ll be fine xx

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to Lavender96

Thank you so much for the support. How lovely and warm I feel already with everyone’s blessings in this stressful time 🥰

Judy18
Judy18
in reply to Corchi

Good luck. Everything crossed for you xxx

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to Judy18

Thank you so much 😊

I just wanted to wish you good luck! It’s my egg retrieval this morning too! So excited but also nervous (1st time) lets hope for lots of follicles/eggs x

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to J3nna

Hope all went well! I had 33 eggs and excruciating pain when I woke. Still in pain now but nothing like before. Let’s just hope it’s all worth it in the end and now I pray for them to make it to day 5!!!!

Judy18
Judy18
in reply to Corchi

Hope you feel better soon hun. 33 eggs is amazing. Fingers crossed for day 5 xx

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to Judy18

Thank you so much for your good thoughts 🤞

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to Judy18

How did yours go?

J3nna
J3nna
in reply to Corchi

That’s brilliant news! Mine is 11.45 so still waiting 😬 hope I get as many eggs as u!! How was the drugs were u aware of everything going on? X

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to J3nna

No I was heavily sedated completely out due to how many. Other girls were completely fine with 1-2 eggs

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to J3nna

Good luck!

J3nna
J3nna
in reply to Corchi

Thanks hun, 10 eggs collected! Here’s hoping for a good news phone call tomorrow x

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to J3nna

I wish you all the baby dust in the world!! I am still in pain feel like my insides have been pulled apart - now all I can think about is the next part!!! 😘

J3nna
J3nna
in reply to Corchi

Yeh I’m dreading the call in the morning, but secretly hopeful! I’m ok, just cramping

Wishing baby dust your way x

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to J3nna

My stomach also looks like I’m 6 months pregnant 😂

J3nna
J3nna
in reply to Corchi

Wow really! Mines normal size. U did have a lot of eggs tho! X

J3nna
J3nna
in reply to J3nna

Do they ring u tomorrow with number fertilised? X mine ring me around 9-10am, so nervous x

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to J3nna

No idea as it’s weekend. Maybe I have to wait till Monday! Trying so hard not to think about it but I am soooo stressed

Cinderella5
Cinderella5
in reply to Corchi

Best of luck for Monday!!xx

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to Cinderella5

Thank you so much! I am still in so much pain. I literally feel like someone has done open surgery on my stomach organs 😩 better be worth it 🙏🏼😄

Cinderella5
Cinderella5
in reply to Corchi

I'm sure it will be!!🤞🏻🤞🏻 Hope you're drinking lots of water & resting up!!xx

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to Cinderella5

Eeek just got my call! 16 fertilized eggs and 9 frozen eggs (they had to freeze some because my husbands first sperm retrieval wasn’t good, second was fine but they were getting worried)

Cinderella5
Cinderella5
in reply to Corchi

That really good news!! Whoop whoop!!xx

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to Cinderella5

I’ve heard so many stories and had so many miscarriages (6) though so I don’t feel elated just yet 😋

Cinderella5
Cinderella5
in reply to Corchi

I know but it's a great start!!xx

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to Cinderella5

Of course

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to J3nna

Did you get your call? Don’t know what time your on, I’m on Greek time :-)

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to J3nna

Wish I knew how to send you a photo ! You would laugh

J3nna
J3nna
in reply to Corchi

Have you had your phone call? X

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to J3nna

Just had it 😋😋😋

J3nna
J3nna
in reply to Corchi

I got 5 still going strong, 3 definites so going for 5 day transfer. How about u?

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to J3nna

I got 16 fertilized eggs (so day 1 embryos) and 9 eggs are frozen. What does this mean I don’t know? When you say still going strong what do you mean? What does each day mean?

J3nna
J3nna
in reply to Corchi

5 fertilised for me, but 3 are bigger (stronger)

When is your transfer day? X

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to J3nna

I’m doing FET my doctor believes better chances. I guess just has to do with which doctor and which circumstance I don’t know. I also need to build up my endometrium which is not thick enough as of right now

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to J3nna

So exciting I send you so much baby dust your way when is your transfer?

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to J3nna

Are you doing embryo testing?

J3nna
J3nna
in reply to Corchi

5 day transfer on Wednesday. What is embryo testing? (I’m new to this -1st time) x

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to J3nna

They test the embryos for abnormal chromosomes to avoid miscarriages. I have had 6 miscarriages so I was told to do this for sure.

J3nna
J3nna
in reply to Corchi

Oh right sorry to hear that. they’ve not mentioned anything but il ask wen they call to book me in on Monday!

Have u used the progesterone applicator pessarys before? Is it normal for tiny pieces of these to be in the toilet when I go for a wee?

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to J3nna

Yes very normal

J3nna
J3nna
in reply to Corchi

Ok thanks! I’m just over thinking everything and googling lol!

How is your stomach today has is gone down? X

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to J3nna

No it’s horrific. Spoke to docs throughout the day. They said no chance over hyper stimulation as I had done a trigger shot a few days ago and am taking meds to shrink everything. I just reacted to meds a bit too well and they pierced 35 follicles to remove eggs so apparently normal for my size as well. I am tiny. Bed rest, pain killers and a lot of protein rich diet and should be ok in a few days ... so you transferring your eggs Wednesday? How exciting

Corchi
Corchi
in reply to J3nna

Best to try and do after you’ve had a good pee but it’s normal so don’t freak out!

Good luck!

I had some tea and toast at the hospital and then went home and chilled out on the sofa with a duvet and the dog. I went back to work the next day and felt OK.

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