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Egg Retrieval for Embryo Freezing

Egg retrieval for embryo freezing is vital in assisted reproductive technologies, allowing couples to preserve embryos for future use in IVF.

September 25, 2023

Egg Retrieval Procedure

The egg retrieval procedure for embryo freezing is similar to that of egg freezing:

- Typically performed within 15 minutes under light anesthesia or sedation.

- A thin, hollow needle is inserted through the vaginal wall into the ovaries.

- The needle is guided by ultrasound imaging to aspirate mature eggs from follicles.

- Collected eggs are then fertilized with sperm and allowed to develop into embryos before being frozen for later use. When choosing embryo freezing,

Success Rates and Clinical Results

Success rates for embryo freezing depend on various factors, including the quality of embryos and the woman's reproductive health. Clinical results are generally positive, and frozen embryos can be stored indefinitely, offering flexibility for future IVF cycles.


Recovery after egg retrieval for embryo freezing is similar to that of egg freezing. Most women can return to their regular activities within 24 to 48 hours, with mild discomfort and bloating lasting a few days.

After retrieval: consider where to store eggs

One important consideration is the cost of storing frozen eggs. Blooming Eve researched and found a reliable egg/embryo storage facility for $375 a year (on a 5-year plan). Reach out if you want to save money at a reliable cryobank.

In summary, the egg retrieval procedure is a core step in assisted reproductive technologies like embryo freezing. While it may have mild side effects, most women recover within a few days, and the timeline varies depending on the specific purpose of the procedure. Book a consultation to get a full scoop of our fertility support. Or find an affordable fertility clinic for a consultation or second opinion.

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