OPU procedure is performed under light general anesthesia and it lasts 10 to 15 minutes. Follicles growing in both ovaries are aspirated by a needle with trans-vaginal ultrasonographic guidance. Following OPU, our patients rest at our center for 30-45 minutes, thereafter they go home. Since OPU is done under light general anesthesia, it is best for the patient not to work that day, although not mandatory. Some patients may feel short-lasting and mild lower abdominal, pelvic or back pain following the procedure; in such cases, painkillers such as paracetamol (Parol/Vermidone) might be taken. Following OPU, some of the patients might also experience some light vaginal bleeding or spotting as is the last days of menstruation.
We would kindly ask our patients to inform us in cases with severe pain or excessive vaginal bleeding
One day after OPU, we start a vaginal gel (Crinone) to enhance the implantation of transferred embryos. Crinone is continued until and including the day of blood pregnancy test, which is done 9 days after ET (Day 5 ET). In conception cycles, Crinone is further continued until the 5th or 7th weeks of gestation, depending on the type of final shut used.