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Assisted Hatching

What is Assisted Hatching?

Assisted hatching is a technique used in fertility treatments to increase the chances of successful embryo implantation during in vitro fertilization (IVF). When couples have difficulty conceiving naturally, they may turn to IVF as an option.

During IVF, eggs are retrieved from the woman's ovaries and fertilized with sperm in a laboratory. The resulting embryos are then grown in a controlled environment for a few days. After this period, the embryos are ready for transfer into the woman's uterus.

In natural conception, when an embryo reaches the uterus, it needs to hatch out of its protective shell, called the zona pellucida, before it can attach to the uterine lining and establish a pregnancy. However, in some cases, the zona pellucida may be too thick or hard, making it difficult for the embryo to hatch on its own.

Assisted hatching is a procedure where a small hole or thinning is created in the zona pellucida of the embryo before it is transferred to the uterus. This can be done using different methods, such as a laser or a chemical solution. By creating this small opening, it is believed that the embryo's chances of successfully hatching and implanting in the uterus may be improved.

Assisted hatching is usually recommended for couples who have had repeated failed IVF attempts or who are considered to have embryos with a thicker zona pellucida.


When and why Assisted Hatching is recommended?

Assisted hatching may be recommended in certain situations during in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment. Here are some common scenarios where assisted hatching may be considered:

Advanced maternal age: As women get older, the outer shell of their embryos (zona pellucida) may become thicker and harder, making it more difficult for the embryo to hatch naturally. Assisted hatching can help facilitate this process and improve the chances of successful implantation.

Previous failed IVF attempts: If a couple has undergone multiple IVF cycles without achieving a successful pregnancy, assisted hatching may be recommended. It is believed that some embryos may have a harder time hatching due to a thicker zona pellucida, and creating a small opening can enhance the chances of successful implantation.

Fertility specialists will consider various factors, such as the age of the woman, previous IVF outcomes, and embryo quality, before determining whether assisted hatching is appropriate for a particular couple. The procedure is typically performed by experienced embryologists in specialized fertility clinics


How is life after Assisted Hatching?

Life after assisted hatching is like life after any other in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure. Here are a few points to consider:

Pregnancy outcome: The goal of assisted hatching, like any fertility treatment, is to increase the chances of successful embryo implantation and pregnancy. If the assisted hatching procedure is successful and the embryo implants in the uterus, the woman may become pregnant. However, it's important to note that the success of assisted hatching depends on various factors, including the overall health of the couple, the quality of the embryos, and other individual circumstances.


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What is assisted hatching?

Assisted hatching is a laboratory technique used during in vitro fertilization (IVF) to help the embryo hatch out of its protective outer shell (zona pellucida) before it is transferred to the uterus. It involves creating a small opening or thinning the zona pellucida to facilitate embryo implantation.

Why is assisted hatching performed?


Assisted hatching may be performed in certain cases where the zona pellucida is thickened or the embryo quality is deemed to be poor. It is believed to help embryos with a thicker zona pellucida or those that have previously failed to implant increase their chances of successfully implanting in the uterus

Who is a candidate for assisted hatching?

Assisted hatching may be considered for certain patients, including those with advanced maternal age, embryos with a thick zona pellucida, previous failed IVF cycles, or poor embryo quality. It is typically evaluated on an individual basis, and not all patients undergoing IVF will require or benefit from assisted hatching.

Is assisted hatching performed on all embryos?

Assisted hatching is not performed on all embryos during IVF. The decision to perform assisted hatching is typically based on factors such as the age of the woman, embryo quality, and previous treatment outcomes. Not all embryos require or benefit from assisted hatching, and it is determined on a case-by-case basis.


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