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• WELCOME • STAGE 1: INTRODUCTION • STAGE 2: PREPARATION • STAGE 3: PUNCTURE • STAGE 4: LAB • STAGE 5: RESULT • STAGE 6: TRANSFER • STAGE 7: PREGNANT? • CONTACT
IVF centre: Jan Palfijn hospital
Henri Dunantlaan 5 - 9000 Ghent
Tel. 0032 (0)9 224 88 50

 

STAGE 3: FOLLICULAR PUNCTURE

The follicular puncture involves puncturing and aspirating the follicles via the vagina and is performed under ultrasound control.

Two hours before the puncture, the patient has to arrive at the hospital, having fasted (nothing to eat or drink) from midnight. The couple may register directly with the IVF centre, where also the administrative admission takes place.

Both partners need to always carry their SIS card with them. Moreover, they are asked to bring along the recognition of the health service for the refunding of 6 IVF attempts on the day of the puncture.

Furthermore, the couple will be asked to fill in some forms (such as a questionnaire for anaesthesia ...). To this end, they will be assisted by a nurse.
As stated earlier, the partner can obtain his labels from the policlinic cash desk.
While awaiting the puncture, the partner will be asked to produce a sperm sample in a room specially equipped for this purpose.
By agreement, the sample may in some cases be brought from home. It is advised to keep this sample warm by carrying it under clothing.
Once the patient has on a surgical gown, an infusion will be placed for anaesthesia and possible administration of medication after the puncture. In the meantime, additional explanations with regard to the following stages are provided.

Some five minutes before the puncture is performed, the patient is taken to the puncture room. The partner is welcome to attend the puncture if he wants to.
The patient is put under light general anaesthesia. (If desired, local anaesthesia may be used).
Subsequently, the treating doctor performs the puncture by puncturing and aspirating the follicles. This follicular fluid contains the egg cells.
During the puncture, the follicular fluid is examined by the laboratory assistant as far as the presence of possible egg cells is concerned.
The partner is able follow the procedure on a screen.
AOnce the vaginal puncture has been performed, the patient is taken back to her room, where she is kept under observation for some three hours. She will undergo the necessary examinations and receive medication if necessary. In the event of pain for example, an analgesic may be administered.
In the meantime, the couple receives information about the egg and sperm cells obtained. Moreover, the follow-up treatment is discussed in detail. The necessary time will be made available for possible questions to be asked.

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