The egg retrieval process is a 15-minute surgical procedure without cuts or stitches. The word “surgery” might seem scary, but the egg retrieval process is quick and painless. It is minimally invasive and the patient is under sedation, so she will not feel a thing. It takes about 15 minutes and the patient will know the results immediately. After the procedure, the eggs will be flash frozen at the lab. The patient should take the day off to recover. I would offer time/space for the patient to share feelings/emotions related to the procedure, and I would normalize/validate the feelings accordingly.