When does SDFC recommend Assisted Hatching?
Assisted Hatching (AH) is a process in which we can create a small opening in the shell (zona pellucida) that surrounds each embryo. The embryo needs to "hatch" out of this shell in order to implant, so we like to help by performing AH. SDFC is unique in that we perform this process using a specialized laser technique, which is highly specific and does not harm the embryo in any way. We typically recommend AH in the following circumstances, as well as in some other cases:
- Previous failed IVF
- Women who are 38 or older
- Eggs that have a thickened or pigmented zona pellucida
- Frozen embryos