Assisted Hatching

Assisted Hatching is believed to be particularly useful for couples whose embryos are lacking sufficient power to complete the hatching process.

After the egg is fertilized in the laboratory, the cells separate. During these initial development stages, the embryo is contained in a layer of proteins, known as zona pellucida. In order to successfully implant into the uterine lining, an embryo must hatch out of this layer and attach to the uterus wall.

Assisted hatching is a lab technique that was developed when fertility experts observed that embryos contained in a thinner layer of the zona pellucida, showed a higher rate of implantation during IVF. With this method, on the third or fifth day of embryo development, the embryologist uses micro-manipulation using a microscope to create a small hole in the protein layer to assist with the hatching process.

 

Assisted Hatching is recommended for those:

  • Older than 38
  • Who have had two or more failed IVF cycles
  • With poor embryo quality
  •  Approved for frozen embryo transfers

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