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Assisted Hatching

Assisted hatching is a technique used in conjunction with IVF; whereby, the embryo shell is opened slightly so that the embryo can more easily “hatch” out for implantation into the wall of the uterus. It is thought that in some cases, the shell is too thick for the embryo to successfully hatch on its own. This procedure is done utilizing the micromanipulator which is the same instrument used for sperm injection into the egg. A small opening is made which starts the hatching process.

We recommend this procedure based on laboratory findings, it may be utilized in otherwise unexplained prior unsuccessful IVF cycles. The potential risks, although rare, would be embryo damage or identical twinning.