The outer shell of the egg is called the Zona Pellucida. Hatching is the process in which the embryo herniates out of the outer shell of the egg. Failure of the embryo to hatch may be one of the factors associated with implantation failure.
Assisted Hatching is a procedure in which the zona pellucida (outer shell of the egg) is partially opened to help facilitate hatching out process of the embryo and thus implantation and pregnancy.
Using laser and assistance of a powerful microscope, the embryologists make a small opening in the zona pellucida without damaging the embryo. This opening facilitates embryo to more easily hatch out of the shell in order for it to implant in the wall of the uterus.
- Women of advanced maternal age –more than 40 years of age
- Women with two or more failed IVF cycles before
- Women with poor quality embryos
- Frozen embryo transfer cycles
Watch Dr. Vyjayanthi explain about Laser Assisted Hatching