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Fertility treatment in the modern age: possibilities and anaesthesia 

Fertility treatment in the modern age: possibilities and anaesthesia
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Fertility treatment in the modern age: possibilities and anaesthesia
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Diane De Neubourg

and Sarah Devroe

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198713333.003.0009
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date: 25 February 2020

As up to 4% of all pregnancies and deliveries are the result of assisted reproductive technology treatment in developed countries, fertility treatment in general has become an important activity for gynaecologists. Particularly in in vitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic sperm injection cycles, the oocyte aspiration procedure can be painful and requires analgesia. The method used should be safe and comfortable for the woman with minimal side effects, easy to administer and monitor, short acting, easily reversible, and with minimal to no effect on oocytes and embryos. Most fertility clinics have chosen their method depending on patients’ demands, staffing, and available facilities in the hospital or centre.

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