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Anesthesia for Assisted Reproductive Technologies 

Anesthesia for Assisted Reproductive Technologies
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Anesthesia for Assisted Reproductive Technologies
Author(s):

Vesela Kovacheva

and Patricia M. Sequeira

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190495756.003.0023
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date: 24 August 2019

This chapter provides a review of the current sedation and anesthetic approaches for in vitro fertilization (IVF). It starts with a concise overview of the medical fundamentals of IVF, including controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH), oocyte retrieval (OR), sperm retrieval, embryo transfer, and dilation and curettage. Next follows a description of the facilities and roles of the personnel involved. The main part of the chapter focuses on the sedation goals, risks, and selection of anesthetic techniques for IVF. At the end of the chapter, the most common postsedation considerations—like pain, postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV), vasovagal syncope, and bleeding—are discussed.

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