Assisted Hatching

An embryo must first break through the zona pellucida (a protein coating that surrounds the embryo) in order to successfully implant. If the zona pellucida is too thick, the embryo is unable to do so. Assisted Hatching allows for the embryologist to weaken or create a very small hole in the zona pellucida of an embryo during culture in the lab, allowing the embryo to continue growing and increases it’s chances of implantation once transferred.

A patient’s age, embryo quality, outcomes of previous IVF cycles, are all factors that help our lab determine if Assisted Hatching is a suitable option.