IVF Egg Retrieval

At the Los Angeles Reproductive Center, IVF egg retrieval is performed by a highly experienced doctor focused on your safety and comfort. We ensure your safety by upholding our high standards from sterilization to completion. The procedure itself is a fairly short, straightforward process that is provided under sedation administered by an experienced anesthesiologist for a safe experience. Egg retrieval can be performed by Dr. Nurit Winkler and Dr. Marc Kalan at one of our Los Angeles, CA.

Illustration of egg retrieval process
A long, thin needle will be used to gently and precisely retrieve the eggs once they are mature.

Collecting Mature Eggs

In vitro fertilization (IVF) refers to the process in which a woman’s eggs are combined with sperm in a laboratory environment. Obtaining those eggs requires an egg retrieval procedure to remove eggs from the follicles, which are fluid-filled structures in the ovaries. Each follicle contains a single egg. Egg retrieval is a simple procedure that can be performed when your eggs are mature enough for fertilization. 

At Los Angeles Reproductive Center, we use intravenous (IV) sedation, administered by an experienced anesthesiologist to ensure your comfort and safety throughout the retrieval process.

When your eggs are close to being mature, your doctor will provide you with a time to perform a trigger injection to help your eggs finish maturing. It is important that you perform this injection at a specific time since your retrieval will take place about 35 and 1/2  hours afterward. This timing prevents your eggs from being released from the follicles before they can be retrieved. 

Ensuring Your Comfort

At Los Angeles Reproductive Center, we use intravenous (IV) sedation, administered by an experienced anesthesiologist to ensure your comfort and safety throughout the retrieval process. A typical egg retrieval procedure only takes about 10 minutes.

During the retrieval, your doctor will use a long, thin needle to reach the ovaries through the vaginal wall and gently remove the eggs. Ultrasound imaging will allow your doctor to locate each follicle with precision. This ultrasound guided procedure is safe, efficient and effective in retrieving the most amount of eggs to improve the changes of success.


When you wake up in the recovery room, you will likely feel the aftereffects of the anesthesia. You may feel sleepy or groggy, as well as a bit sore. Many patients experience minor cramps after an egg retrieval procedure which they manage with over-the-counter pain medication. You will need to remain under observation for about an hour so we can ensure the anesthesia has subsided. 

Usually, we are able to tell you how many eggs were retrieved before you leave the office, however, we will not know the results of fertilization until the next day. 

Compassionate Fertility Experts

At Los Angeles Reproductive Center, we are dedicated to providing you with the information and services you need for a comfortable and healthy pregnancy. We have helped many of our patients overcome infertility issues and start their family. Whether you are undergoing egg retrieval yourself or using an egg donor, we can support you throughout your IVF treatment and pregnancy. Some of our treatments have a more than 80 percent success rate. Contact our office online or call (818) 946-8051 today to schedule a consultation and learn more about IVF treatment

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Los Angeles Reproductive Center

Los Angeles Reproductive Center is a state-of-the-art fertility center offering the latest fertility testing and treatment options. Our fertility specialists, Dr. Nurit Winkler and Dr. Marc Kalan, are double board-certified doctors who have been widely recognized for their contributions to reproductive medicine. 

To help all patients achieve their dreams of parenthood, our doctors offer:

  • Compassionate care
  • Flexible payment options
  • Two conveniently located offices

Schedule a consultation online or call us at (818) 946-8051 to learn more about our fertility treatments.

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Los Angeles Reproductive Center is a unique fertility clinic focused on treating patients like family and built upon the principles of communication, compassion, warmth, openness, and service that accompanies an exceptional pregnancy rate. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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