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Question from AhlLee: How are eggs removed from the ovaries? Does it take a long time to recover from the surgery?
Answers - Kutluk Oktay, M.D. If this question refers to egg collection during an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle, the woman is put under a light anesthesia and a needle is put through her upper vagina, guided with ultrasound images to the surface of the ovaries where the eggs are removed from the follicles. The procedure lasts around 10 to 15 minutes typically and is done as an office procedure, and the patient usually recovers within half an hour and is discharged. It's a simple, minimally invasive procedure and does not interfere with much of your activities for a long time.
Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D. You might have some soreness in your pelvic area for a day or two.

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