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Anesthesia for Assisted Reproductive Technologies 

Anesthesia for Assisted Reproductive Technologies
Anesthesia for Assisted Reproductive Technologies

Vesela Kovacheva

and Patricia M. Sequeira

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date: 27 January 2021

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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