Assisted hatching is a new technique used in IVF Treatment for the implantation process. During the IVF treatment the egg and sperm is retrieved from the patient and fertilized in vitro under adequate environment condition. After the fertilization the cells begin to divide and multiple to form an embryo. During the multiplication process the cells are contained in a layer of proteins known as the zona pellucida. After the transfer of the embryo into the uterus, the embryo has to hatch out from this layer of protein and get attached into the uterine wall. In some cases this process many not happen normally. Recent studies demonstrate that embryos with thin protein layers have higher rate of implantation. Our Fertility Specialist uses this technique of assisted hatching to create a small hole in the protein layer by micromanipulation with the help of a microscope. This is usually performed in the 4th day of embryo development. At this stage the embryo may have 6-8 cells with the protein layer.
The assisted hatching procedure is performed under a microscope and the embryo is held in position with the help of holding pipette. An acidifying solution is introduced at one side of the embryo to create a small hole in the protein layer. When a hole is formed in the protein layer, the acid solution is washed off and the embryo is returned to the Culture before transferring the embryo to the uterus for implantation. The process of breaking the protein layer and moving out of the embryo from this coating is referred to as hatching. At Hegde fertility, our well experienced infertility specialist use modern techniques and equipments and the process of assisted hatching is performed in sterile environment to bring out the best results of the treatment.
- Who should have assisted hatching?
- Assisted hatching is recommended for patients who have following medical conditions:
- Advanced maternal age ( above 37 years old).
- High levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH).
- Thick and abnormal egg shell or protein layer.
- Poor quality of the developing embryos.
- Embryos having excessive fragmentation.
- Frequently failed IVF cycles.
Assisted hatching is useful for the embryos which have a very thick shell around them. It leads to decreased pregnancy chances. Formation of a small hole in the shell of the embryo, assist the implantation of the embryo in the uterine cavity.
Laser Assisted Hatching
The newest technique in assisted hatching is the laser assisted hatching. In laser assisted hatching a beam of laser is centered to the egg shell or protein coating of the embryo. The energy of the laser beam dissolves the coating of the embryo and creates a hole. After the implantation of the embryo, the embryo hatches out from the protein layer through the hole created by the laser beam.
The Hegde infertility has well trained and experienced team of specialist to carry out all the IVF procedures with utmost care. To learn more about assisted hatching contact us