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Laser Assisted Hatching

A fertilized embryo has an outer shell called Zona Pellucida, also called Zona for short. The embryo, when it is at the blastocyst stage on the fifth or the sixth day needs to break out of the Zona Pellucida. Sometimes the shell of the cyst is too hard or thick for the embryo to break out. Therefore, to assist the hatching process an artificial hole is made into the cyst using laser rays so that the embryo can break out easily. This process is called Laser Assisted Hatching

Who is assisted hatching recommended for?

Any patient can take advantage of laser-assisted hatching, but those most likely to be best suited are those who:

  • Are above the age of 37
  • Produce a high level of Follicle
  • Stimulating Hormone (FSH) early in their cycle
  • Have had unsuccessful IVF cycles
  • Have a tendency to produce a harder and/or thicker zona pellucida

Advantages of Laser Assisted Hatching

  • Minimal handling of the embryo
  • Fast and exact control over drilling of the shell opening
  • It is gentle and safe, with no negative effects on the embryo
  • Have had unsuccessful IVF cycles
  • Wide availability to patients, and offered under clinical guidance depending on your particular circumstances