Oocyte retrieval under the guidance of a vaginal transducer: Evaluation of patient acceptance

K. Hammarberg, L. Enk, L. Nilsson, M. Wikland

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Follicle puncture under the guidance of ultrasound has now been used for some years. The most important advantage of the ultrasound-guided technique compared with the laparoscopic technique is that the former can be performed under local anaesthesia. However, both the trans-vesical and the perurethral ultrasound-guided puncturing routes may be quite painful for the patient. For that reason we have developed a trans-vaginal follicle puncture technique using a vaginal transducer. The aim of this study was to evaluate the patients' experience of pain with this new technique. Scanning of follicles was performed using a specially designed vaginal transducer that makes the patients having a full bladder unnecessary. Local anaesthesia was applied as a paracervical block. Follicles were then punctured through the vagina with a needle inserted through a needle guide attached to the transducer. Fifty-one patients answered a questionnaire about their experience of the puncture procedure. Only 10% of the patients found the puncture painful. Ninety-eight per cent of the patients felt no anxiety about going through the procedure again. We therefore conclude that trans-vaginal oocyte pickup using a vaginal transducer is very well accepted by most women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-490
Number of pages4
JournalHuman Reproduction
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1987
Externally publishedYes


  • Oocyte pick-up
  • Pain experience
  • Questionnaire
  • Vaginal sonography

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