Physical Impact2018-11-27T19:30:48+00:00

Physical Impact

The process is ovarian stimulation may vary according to the protocol used, but generally includes:

  • 8-12 days of ovarian stimulation with 5 visits (on average) for follicular monitoring.
  • Once adequate follicular growth is seen, an injection for oocyte maturation (trigger) is carried out.
  • Afterwards, oocyte extraction is performed, a process that is performed under sedation monitored by an anesthesiologist and lasts around 20 minutes.
  • After the extraction and depending on the case, oral and / or injectable medications are indicated.

Our goal is to obtain as many healthy eggs as possible.

Ovarian stimulation is done with injectable medications that stimulate the ovary so that the oocytes grow and mature. The whole process as well as the individual response of the patient is monitored frequently through blood and ultrasound tests so that the medications can be adjusted according to the results obtained. Through this monitoring, it is possible to determine with great precision the optimal moment for the last injection of oocyte maturation (trigger) and thus be able to obtain the highest number of ovules.

Some patients report feeling distended (“inflated”) or heavy while others indicate tiredness due to hormones. These side effects are usually well tolerated and do not require treatment. In the literature there are reports that indicate that injections can cause local irritation although in practice most of our patients tolerate them very well; even then we will give you instructions and advice so that the whole process is as easy as possible.

During oocyte removal you will be under anesthesia for 20 minutes. Most patients wake up with mild menstrual pain sensation and do not need extra pain medication beyond the analgesic they use for a common belly pain.

This concept may be intimidating at first but hundreds of thousands of women have done it and quickly become accustomed to self-administering their own injections.

Some patients have a partner or a friend who helps them to inject and for those cases where the patient does not want to get the injection herself and does not have someone who can do it at home, at the institution we have nurses who can place the injection to the patient either at home or in our facilities.

The night before the procedure, you can eat regularly until midnight. After midnight you should not eat or drink anything.

The morning of the procedure should arrive at the center at least 30 minutes before the scheduled time for the procedure. Our team will guide you to the patient area to put on a sterile gown and leave your belongings in a safe place.

Once that is done, you will meet the anesthesiologist (a) and the embryologist (a) who will be in charge of your case and your ovules. Once in the procedure room, sedation will be given and your doctor will remove the ovules with a thin needle; 20 minutes later he will wake up in the recovery room.

Once there our team will take care of you until you have fully recovered. Usually after 1 hour most of our patients are heading home, taking the rest of the day to rest and recover.

The embryo transfer takes a few minutes and is not painful. The main annoyance that can be felt is to have a full bladder since it is a requirement to be able to do the ultrasound guided transfer.

You must go to the center 30 minutes before the scheduled time for the procedure; Once there the embryology team will confirm which is the best (or the best embryos) to transfer.

When the decision regarding the number of embryos to be transferred has been made, they will be loaded onto the transfer catheter and the procedure will be performed afterwards. No anesthesia is necessary and you can see the whole process in real time on a monitor.