Can IVF damage ovarian vessels or surrounding structures?
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Robert Winston
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Fertility expert and one of the world's pioneers of IVF and Fertility Medicine. BAFTA award-winning television presenter and Member of The House of Lords in the UK.
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Can IVF damage ovarian vessels or surrounding structures?

Although egg collection from the ovary is done with great care under with the use of ultrasound, it is impossible to get a detailed image of the bowel, the bladder, and small blood vessels. Inevitably, the advancing needle may inadvertently hit one of these structures as it enters the ovary.
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It is very rare for there to be perforations of blood vessels or surrounding structures during IVF. It is usually not dangerous, and effects can be countered if they occur.

Although egg collection is done with great care under with the use of ultrasound, it is impossible to get a detailed image of the bowel, the bladder, and small blood vessels. Inevitably, the advancing needle may inadvertently hit one of these structures as it enters the ovary.

Perforation of the bowel can happen after egg collection, and can go unnoticed by patient and doctor alike. It may occasionally account for unexplained pain after an egg collection because of inflammation around the perforation site. It is very unlikely to be dangerous. Rarely, a woman may develop an ovarian abscess, caused by infection or bacteria from the bowel leaking out of the hole caused by the needle. In this instance, surgery may be needed to drain the infection site.

Equally uncommonly, a blood vessel may be perforated. Excessive bleeding may be noticed when the needle is withdrawn from the vagina. This normally stops quickly and is of no consequence.

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