The actual stimulation process takes less than a month from when you begin medication to retrieval. You will have monitoring appointments at a clinic near your home or work, usually first thing in the morning. You must make those visits as that is how we tell when you are ready for the egg retrieval. The egg retrieval will take less than an hour, and is not painful. You are given a sedative and vaginal anesthetic to ensure there is no discomfort. You will take the day at least off from work, and if you traveled on a plane to the clinic, you will wait 48 hours following retrieval to fly home. Then your compensation for the wonderful gift you have given will arrive!