Assisted hatching is a complementary procedure that is offered to patients that are undergoing an IVF cycle.
After the fertilization process, the embryos will begin to divide and mature. Naturally, a percentage of the embryos will not make it to the 3-5 day mark. The embryos that do make it to this stage are considered the more mature embryos, and the ones that will have the highest chance of implantation.
In order to increase the probabilities of a successful implantation, we can perform an ASSISTED HATCHING to these embryos. During this process, our biologists will take a very fine needle or a laser that will make a controlled perforation of the zona pellucida of the embryo. This perforation will allow the embryo to be free of it’s outer protective covering, so that it can implant more effectively in the endometrium of the uterus.
Who is a candidate for Assisted Hatching?
- Embryos that have a very thick outer protective coating (zona pellucida).
- Women that have low levels of AMH that will have a tendency to produce less eggs.
- When multiple IVF procedures have failed in the past.
We encourage you to talk to our fertility specialists about ASSISTED HATCHING in order to see how this procedure can better increase the chances of you and your partner to be able to successfully conceive a child.