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Anesthesia for In Vitro Fertilization 

Anesthesia for In Vitro Fertilization
Anesthesia for In Vitro Fertilization

Patricia M. Sequeira

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date: 19 March 2018

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a broad term used to describe the process of obtaining an egg and uniting it with sperm in a laboratory setting, and subsequently placing the fertilized egg into the uterus in hopes of achieving a live birth. In terms of anesthesiology, IVF primarily means oocyte retrieval. Historically the oocytes were retrieved laparoscopically. With the introduction of the vaginal ultrasound, the method of retrieval changed to a less invasive and costly procedure. Transvaginal ultrasound-guided oocyte aspiration changed the requirements of anesthesia. In this chapter, the anesthesia for oocyte retrieval and related IVF procedures are described.

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