Infertility TherapiesEGG COLLECTION



Egg collection is the process of getting the eggs from the ovaries. It lasts about 30 minutes and is practically painless, as it is done under analgesia-sedation. For this reason, the woman should be fasting. Using a transvaginal ultrasound to have a continuous image of the ovaries, the doctor inserts a thin needle through the wall of the vagina and punctures the follicles. The contents of each follicle are aspirated into special tubes and delivered to the embryological laboratory, where the embryologist examines the follicular fluid under the microscope, detects and collects the eggs.

The woman remains in the unit for 1–2 hours after the end of the egg collection. Then it would be advisable to avoid intense activity for that day.

Complications of egg collection are rare, occurring in about 3-5 per 1,000 cases and involve cases of bleeding, inflammation or intra-abdominal abscess. They are usually treated conservatively and rarely requires a surgical approach.
The Doctor

Dr. Nikolopoulos maintains a private practice in ATHENS, while collaborating exclusively with MITERA’s maternity hospital and the new HYGEIA IVF Athens Assisted Reproduction Unit. At the same time, he is in charge of the Fertility and In Vitro Fertilization clinic at City Hospital, in the city of KALAMATA.