2018 AMI Online Salon

Weighing the Risks of Egg Retrieval

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Stephanie O’Neil; Novi, Michigan
  • Client: Karen Bucher
  • Copyright: © 2018 Stephanie O’Neil
  • Medium / software used: Zbrush, 3ds Max, Redshift, Photoshop
  • Final presentation format: Printed Poster
  • Primary audience: Medical Professionals

Project Description

This mock journal cover for the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology was created to inform obstetricians of risks factors associated with egg retrieval, and to illuminate areas where more research is needed.  Thousands of women undergo the process of egg retrieval every year for their own invitro fertilization fertility treatments or as an egg donor. While the procedure has become very standard, several risks are involved that are important for patients to understand in order to make an informed decision. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine specifically identifies risks factors that include potential complications from the medication required for the procedure, which can cause ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. Also, the procedure requires sedation and may cause pain and bleeding, and in rare cases may cause pelvic infection. Very little research has been conducted on long term effects and on women who undergo to the procedure multiple times, such as egg donors.