Services & Treatment : Assisted Hatching

Assisted Hatching

Assisted Hatching is a procedure performed in certain cases on embryos before implantation to enhance the potential of the embryo to establish pregnancy.  It is a laboratory procedure involving the creation of an artificial opening in the zona pellucida, the glucoprotein coating or ‘shell’ surrounding the embryo, allowing it to ‘hatch’ or break out from the zona pellucida so it can successfully attach itself to the uterine lining.  Assisted hatching is only used with specific indications including thick zona pellucida, prior multiple IVF failure. In these instances, assisted hatching can improve the rate of embryo implantation and successful pregnancy.

This procedure is considered experimental by the American Society of Reproductive medicine.