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IVF - is it painful to do eggs retrieval without general anaesthetic?

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Question - (11 April 2019) 3 Answers - (Newest, 19 April 2019)
A female United Kingdom age 26-29, *aneycakes123 writes:

I've just started IVF and wondered if any woman here has done this process, and if its possible for them to do the eggs retrieval without being under general anaesthetic. I am really scared of generals and my fertility doctor tried to relax me by telling me he does the procedure a lot without putting the patient to sleep, or being just sedated, or without anything and being totally awake and he does it fine and quick. Has anyone ever done this without being asleep and is it painful?

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A reader, anonymous, writes (19 April 2019):

I've done egg retrieval 3 times. Once I was fully out and twice I was partially out. Anesthesia is required to prevent pain. A large hollow needle punctures the wall of the vagina into the abdominal cavity then starts puncturing egg sacs on the ovaries. That is painful. Some surgeons are skilled enough to do the procedure with less pain; other surgeons are rough and will puncture and puncture. If you are concerned, I would recommend being partially out. I was still somewhat aware of the surgeon going after my right ovary, then the left ovary; I was aware of the pain but not really able to do much about it. I would definitely not recommend without any anesthesia.

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A female reader, beentheredonethat75 Canada +, writes (19 April 2019):

I've done egg retrieval 3 times. Once I was fully out and twice I was partially out. Anesthesia is required to prevent pain. A large hollow needle punctures the wall of the vagina into the abdominal cavity then starts puncturing egg sacs on the ovaries. That is painful. Some surgeons are skilled enough to do the procedure with less pain; other surgeons are rough and will puncture and puncture. If you are concerned, I would recommend being partially out. I was still somewhat aware of the surgeon going after my right ovary, then the left ovary; I was aware of the pain but not really able to do much about it. I would definitely not recommend without any anesthesia.

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A female reader, Honeypie United States + , writes (12 April 2019):

Honeypie agony auntI haven' had this done so I can't answer fro ma personal experience point of view.

But I would venture a guess that they want you sedated for safety and pain-management reasons. In a way it's like having wisdom teeth out, the oral surgeon might PREFER to have someone under general anesthetic, but you CAN do it with just localized.

I've had a biopsy done and it wasn't painful at all, that is all I have to compare it with. BUT if your doctor says he can DO it without general anesthetic, I'd trust him on that.

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