Transvaginal oocyte retrieval
Transvaginal oocyte retrieval or simply oocyte retrieval (OCR) is a technique used in in vitro fertilization in order to remove oocytes from the ovary of the female, enabling fertilization outside the body. It is commonly known as "egg collection".
The technique mostly succeeds an ovarian stimulation, where multiple oocytes are manipulated to mature. The retrieval is performed with a needle, piercing through the vaginal wall. It is guided by ultrasound to reach the ovaries, where it can aspirate follicular material. This material can then be purified of ova.
Transvaginal ovum retrieval
Transvaginal oocyte retrieval can be called transvaginal ovum retrieval if the oocytes have matured into ova. This is normally the case in IVF.
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