Assisted Embryo Hatching

The Assisted Embryo Hatching technique was in 1990 at Cornell University, New York by a team headed by Dr. Jacques Cohen. This is a technique which is an added one in conjunction with IVF or ICSI.

Who should be treated with Assisted Embryo Hatching?

If a women’s embryos are unable to hatch themselves then assisted hatching is recommended to boost pregnancy success. At Conceive Gynecology and Fertility Hospital, An embryologist observes the embryos shape and zona characteristics to determine the embryos to be selected for Assisted Hatching. This technique may be carried out for women who:
  • Are 35 years or older
  • Have embryos with thick Zona Pellucida
  • Have had repeated implantation failures while using frozen replaced embryos

How is Assisted Embryo Hatching Performed?

Assisted embryo hatching is a delicate process performed with the help of micromanipulation techniques and under a microscope only after third day of embryo development.  The embryo formed as a result of fertilization is covered by a gel-like shell called the ZonaPellucida. In the laboratory, this ZonaPellucida is weakened by a LASER beam in an attempt to create a hole in it. This allows for the existing embryo within escaping easily and implant in the woman’s uterine lining (called the Endometrium). Successful implantation means pregnancy.

Benefits of the Assisted Hatching Procedure

Couples choose to pursue assisted embryo hatching during their IVF treatment process because pregnancy rates have increased up to two times in those coupleswho have elected this process. This technique is associated with several benefits including:
  • fewer embryos required for transfer
  • increased implantation success rates
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