ASSISTED EMBRYO HATCHING (AH)
Embryos implant only when they hatch out from their shell and when the endometrium of the uterus is healthy enough to encourage implantation. In cases where the embryo’s shell or covering (zona) is hard or very thick, making an opening may help the embryo hatch out and implant.
The process of assisted hatching uses a mechanical needle or a laser beam to create a precise opening in the outer coating allowing the embryo to escape and hatch.
Assisted Hatching may help the patients who suffer from repeated implantation failure (where good quality embryos have failed to implant after three or more IVF cycles) and also those women who are above 39 years of age.