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Laser-assisted hatching

Laser-assisted hatching is a modern IVF process that, by generating an opening, can make it easier for the embryo to hatch or crack through its outer layer or shell (a membrane often referred to as the zona pellucida). Through aided hatching, our embryologist uses micromanipulation to create a tiny hole in the zona pellucida under a microscope. The implantation takes place roughly 7 to 8 days post egg fertilization. However, in both cases, the time needed for implantation, regular pregnancy and IVF pregnancy, is more or less the same. With, in vitro fertilization, multiple factors may make someone a candidate for assisted hatching. Patients who have undergone previous failed IVF cycles, patients whose embryos are unusually thick with zona pellucida, patients whose embryos do not grow as anticipated, patients with elevated FSH levels during the follicular process, or patients over 35 years of age may all profit from assistants. The rough zona pellucida of frozen or thawed embryos makes it difficult to hatch and implant. Laser-assisted hatching will create a gap in the outer shell that will make it possible to implant the embryo. Thus, assisted hatching is ought to increase the chance of implantation of transferred embryos.