LASER ASSISTED HATCHING
Laser-assisted hatching is a laboratory technique used in some cases of in vitro
fertilization (IVF) to help embryos implant in the uterus. During this procedure, a
laser is used to create a small hole in the outer shell of the embryo, called the zona pellucida. This is done shortly before the embryo is transferred to the uterus.
The theory behind laser-assisted hatching is that it can make it easier for the embryo to from the zona pellucida and implant in the lining of the uterus. This may be particularly helpful in cases where the zona pellucida is thick or hard, or if the woman is older and has a lower chance of success with IVF.
Laser-assisted hatching is not recommended for all IVF patients, as it can increase the risk of damage to the embryo or decrease the chance of successful implantation.
It may be recommended in certain cases, such as:
Women over 38 years old
Women with a history of failed IVF cycles
Women with thick or hard zona pellucida
Couples using frozen embryos
Couples with male factor infertility