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Fertility experts have observed that the IVF procedure is not always enough for a successful pregnancy. They have seen that after an egg is fertilized in laboratory, the cells begin to divide and the resulting embryo/s will be surrounded by a layer of proteins known as the Zona Pellicuda. For a successful outcome, which is a pregnancy, the embryo has to hatch out of this layer and attach to the uterus walls. Assisted hatching is a new technique during which an embryologist creates a small whole into this layer in the fourth day of the embryo’s development. By creating this microscopic whole it is believed that the embryo will have a greater chance to ‘hatch’ and attach to the uterus.
There are some risks related to this procedure, such as a less viable embryo or increased possibility for identical twins.
IVF with Assisted Hatching should be used by couples whose embryos lack sufficient energy to go through the entire hatching process. The process is the best choice for women who: