Do I need to be anaesthetised for the extraction of the oocytes?

The oocyte extraction is carried out under anaesthetic sedation, a type of light anaesthesia of short duration, about 20-30 minutes, which allows the donor to sleep and not feel any discomfort from the operation. The sedation is carried out intravenously, unlike general anaesthesia, and the donor breathes for herself at all times. Once carried out the oocyte extraction, the medical team will wake the donor slowly and she will then be moved to a recovery room where she can rest until the effects of the sedation have completely passed. The day of the egg extraction, the donor spends approximately 3 hours in the clinic from the time of arrival until being discharged.