Assisted Hatching is a procedure in which an opening is made in the Zona Pellucida (outer membrane) of the embryo. It is believed that assisted hatching may help embryos with implantation (attachment to the wall of the uterus that enables the embryo to receive oxygen and nutrients from the mother).
The indications for assisted hatching are still subject to debate. Some studies suggest that assisted hatching may help in cases in which the zona pellucida is thicker than normal, in patients that have experienced previous in vitro fertilization (IVF) failures, and in patients of advanced reproductive age (40 years of age or more). Assisted hatching is mandatory in cases when embryo biopsy is performed for preimplantation genetics diagnosis (PGD). At Advanced Fertility Center of Texas we are using a laser (zilos-TK) to perform the assisted hatching.
If you have further questions on assisted hatching or to schedule an appointment, please call (713)467-4488.