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    Question on egg retrieval monitoring
    An_246434 posted:
    Dear Doctor, I have a question on the egg retrieval monitoring process, I would like to do egg retrieval to freeze my eggs while I am young because I am not ready to have children yet, but one day in the future, I will be ready to have kids when I meet the right guy to marry. I have read that after a patient is given fertility medication for 2 weeks before egg retrieval, she needs to go into the clinic for monitoring early in the morning. I was wondering if the reason why these monitors are done first thing in the morning for administrative or biological purposes? The reason I am asking this is because due to my job, my sleep schedule is often messed up. I have been working some pretty crazy hours at the firm, and because we have international clients, sometimes I work through the night because I have to have continuous conference calls with international clients because they are in different time zones, so then I sleep during the day. So if the monitoring must be done when my body wakes up first thing in the morning, I was wondering if my job schedule would pose a problem when I want to do egg retrieval for about 2 weeks? Thanks so much for your time! Joanne
    Joel Bernstien, MD responded:
    Monitoring is done daily to make sure that your body is responding appropriately to the medications. They want to make sure you are not over or under responding. They do vaginal ultrasounds and check hormone levels in your blood. It is a requirement to get this kind of monitoring when getting ovarian stimulation for egg retrieval.

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