After approximately 8-12 days of appointments and medication, your eggs will be ready for retrieval. The egg retrieval procedure is the only time throughout the egg donation process where you’ll need to set aside an entire day. Egg retrieval is an outpatient procedure that takes place at our partnering fertility center. You will be under twilight sedation, unconscious but breathing on your own. Once you are comfortably asleep, a reproductive endocrinologist will retrieve your eggs using a vaginal needle and ultrasound guidance. The procedure is quick—about 15-20 minutes. After it’s done, you will rest for about an hour before you are released. You will need a friend, significant other, or family member to drive you home since you’ll be considered legally intoxicated, even if the twilight sedation is wearing off. You’ll want to relax for the rest of the day and you may experience some post procedure cramping, spotting and bloating. Most donors resume normal activity the next day with minimal to no side effects.