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IVF Journey: Oocyte Retrieval (Egg Collection)


Egg CollectionAfter the oocyte retrieval, you may experience:

  • Vaginal staining, discomfort and mild pain
  • You may take pain killers such as paracetamol (Panadol) if you are not allergic to the medication
  • Temporary side effects of sedation such as loss of appetite, tiredness, fatigue, dizziness, faintness, headache, nausea, vomiting or amnesia (loss of memories)

DO NOT do any of the following activities on the day of post procedure

  • Drive a car or vehicle
  • Ride a motor bike or cycle on a bicycle
  • Sign legal documents
  • Make important decisions
  • Operate machinery
  • Exercise
  • Drink Alcohol
  • Take sleeping pills
  • Any dangerous action/activities


You may be given oral tablets or pessary insertion, start taking the medication as instructed – "Medication Information insert QR code here"

When and where do you get help

Seek for immediate medical attention or contact us if you experience any of the following:

  • fever or feeling unwell,
  • heavy vaginal bleeding that the sanitary pad is soaked
  • unbearable pain even after administration of pain killer
  • Ovarian Hyper-Stimulation Syndrome (OHSS) – Abdominal pain / Bloatedness / Breathlessness / Diarrhoea / Reduced urine output

Contact us

During office hours (Weekdays 8am to 5pm & Saturdays 8am to 12 noon): (65) 6321 4292

After office hours (Sundays & public holidays) Telephone number: (65) 6222 3322 (SGH Mainline). Identify yourself as "CARE Patient" and ask to speak to a "CARE Doctor".

You will be receiving a follow up call one day after your egg collection procedure. The embryologist will update you regarding your embryo (fertilised egg) status and arrange for embryo transfer with you.

Preparing for your Embryo Transfer (ET) 

You must prepare the following if you are intending to proceed with Embryo Transfer (ET)

  • Drink plenty of water. A full bladder will allow your doctor to visualize the uterus (which is situated below your bladder) better with an external abdominal ultrasound. This will facilitate the doctor to guide the catheter into the uterus for the embryo transfer.
  • Bring a bottle of water
  • Depending on the number of embryos, additional payment will be required to freeze any extra embryos
  • No fasting or sedation is required for the procedure.