Assisted Hatching – In order for an embryo to implant successfully into a woman’s uterus, the embryo must first break through the zona pellucida, a protein coating that surrounds the embryo. If the zona pellucida is too thick, the embryo is unable to do this.

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, which then allows the embryo to continue growing and increases the chances of implantation once the embryo is transferred.

There are various factors, including a patient’s age, embryo quality, outcomes of previous IVF cycles, etc, that will help our lab to determine whether Assisted Hatching would be beneficial.