What is Hatching Procedure?
When to advice for Assisted Hatching Technique?
The fertility specialists suggest the highly effective assisted hatching treatment under the following conditions:
- Women of age beyond 38 to 40 years.
- Patients with very thick outer shell or zona pellucida.
- Failed IVF attempts after 2 cycles of treatment.
- Frozen Embryo transfer cycles
Assisted Hatching Treatment
The assisted hatching treatment is performed when the embryo has an average of 6 to 8 cells on the 3 rd day of development. The following sequence of steps is carried out in a sterile environment:
- A holding pipette is used to stabilize the embryo.
- A small breach in the zona pellucida is deliberately created either by chemical or with the help of laser.
- The embryos are transferred into the woman’s uterus or womb.
Risks and Benefits Of Assisted Hatching
Assisted Hatching treatment is an advanced technique to facilitate successful implantation of the embryo in the uterus.
However, Assisted Hatching treatment can pose the following risk and challenges –
- Direct damage to the cultured Embryo
- Damage to individual cells that can affect embryo quality.
- Increased risk of having identical or monozygotic twins.
Note: Consult a specialist and clarify all your doubts before making a decision.