I had my retrieval done in a clinic, like yours. Thus, they could not put me under. I did a lot of reading on here and it seemed like soooo many women were “out” for the procedure. It did make me a bit nervous, but honestly, it was fine.
I was fully awake the whole time, but they did use an IV. I remember feeling a bit loopy…honestly, the drugs they gave me were FABULOUS, I haven’t been that in a “happy place” since as long as I can remember…but I remember the conversations I had and the whole thing, so it must not have been a twilight sleep. Afterwards, I did get a bit woozy when I tried to walk in the lobby. They gave me some juice…I think it was just my blood pressure from not eating that morning. I was ravenously hungry and ate a ton for lunch, and it was some of the best food I ever had so I think the pain meds were lingering.
I did experience quite a bit of soreness towards evening, as the meds wore off. It was even worse the second day…felt like I had done a TON of crunches. They didn’t give me any pain meds, but it wasn’t anything crazy bad (I’ve had a c-section and it was much, much easier than that). It hurt for that second day and then was much better by the third day.
It sounds like everyone’s experience is different, but try to remember that most of the things you read on here will be the bad experiences. The good ones don’t even think to find a forum and post about it. As someone that had a great retrieval experience and was NOT put under (even though my meds were a little different than yours), I can safely say it wasn’t that bad. My SIS was a lot worse, honestly. I’m not sure I’d want to do it over and over again, but it was fine. Yours will be, too! Try to relax and concentrate on growing nice, healthy follies!