Extraction Day

This post was written by my husband, as I am in recovery mode and making mostly gibberish and absolutely no sense. He’s quite the poet.

Extract Day: Eggs Galore and Pain in Store
After all of the drugs, extraction day is here,
If we make it through this day, then we’ll be in the clear.
Full of eggs and pain, we stumbled in there,
The clinic was busy, there was barely a chair.
Off to the extraction, with the hope of relief,
But all that we found was striving and grief.
With the extraction complete, the pain soon unfurled,
There wasn’t enough pain meds in all of the world.
Now, what was one day of pain has turned into two,
And just getting by is all we can do.
But the extraction is done and there’s good news in the mix,
We got not one egg or two, but we got twenty six.

4 Comments

  • lindcey hawks

    The egg retrieval experience actually starts before you even get to the office – 36 hours before, to be exact. That’s when you’ll take your “trigger shot,” a medication that preps your body to release the eggs at just the right time for your retrieval. Like most surgeries, you’ll need to refrain from eating or drinking the night before, and you’ll want to come in comfortable clothing without makeup, perfume, or contact lenses; we’ll provide you with a locker for your clothing and belongings. Once you’ve changed, you’ll be briefed on what you should do after the retrieval. The doctor will gently insert a thin needle attached to a catheter through the vaginal wall and draw out the eggs, one by one, from the follicles using light suction. The eggs are collected in test tubes labeled with your name and unique identification number, which will then be handed off to the embryologist. After the eggs have been retrieved and the needle removed, the doctor will examine your vaginal wall and your ovaries and quell any bleeding with light pressure. That’s it! No stitches. No scars. The whole process takes 15–20 minutes.

  • amaluis

    A good way to support either!! He’s awesome!
    I didn’t develop ohss. Though my ovaries were large enough– 20 mature eggs! Let’s say I was at risk of developing ohss. I was told to eat salty foods or drink Gatorade. They gave me something to help reduce inflammation that I took until the start of my period. We know E2 levels help indicate if you’re at risk for ohss or not. I believe the risk comes when they top 3,000 – 4,000 (depending on the source.)

  • amaluis

    I remember the day of ER this way. My husband and I arrived at the clinic early in the morning. Both had a restless night of sleep. Both of us were on edge. Were unsure of what to expect, despite all of our research.. I was too nervous!! My doc reiterated what was about to happen.~
    Using a needle attached to a catheter, she would suction the mature eggs out of each follicle. Then store them in tubes. They’d await fertilization by my husband’s sperm there. I was hooked up to an IV, which was used to deliver a local anaesthetic. 30 mins later I was wheeled into the operating room. It took about 15 minutes for the eggs I had to be retrieved. Afterward, I recovered in my room. Too weak after meds. We stayed at the clinic for about an hour. Then were discharged. Still groggy from the medication.. I remember I spent the rest of the day sleeping..

  • Alexia

    Once the eggs are examined, doctors can determine if they are mature enough for fertilization. If they are, the eggs must be fertilized within hours of retrieval. Doctors will ask that the partner provide a sample of sperm on the day of the retrieval process or prior to, in which case they will freeze the sperm. Once the sperm sample is available for doctors, the embryologist performs a semen analysis to choose the superior sperm. Once chosen, several thousand sperm will be placed in each culture dish with one egg. This is the process of insemination. A healthy, mature egg will then allow one sperm to attach. After 12 to 24 hours in an incubator, the culture dishes are examined to determine whether or not the fertilization of oocytes was successful. On average, 60-70 percent of retrieved oocytes fertilize successfully.

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