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Enhancing IVF Success with Assisted Hatching: A Detailed Look at the Procedure at Archish Fertility & IVF

In the field of assisted reproductive technologies (ART), Assisted Hatching (AH) represents a significant advancement targeted at enhancing the success rates of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Archish Fertility & IVF, known for its progressive approach to fertility treatments, integrates Assisted Hatching into its protocols to assist couples facing difficulties with embryo implantation. This exploration provides an in-depth look at the Assisted Hatching process, emphasizing how it is strategically utilized to enhance the likelihood of pregnancy.

What is Assisted Hatching?

Assisted Hatching is a micro-manipulative technique used to create an opening in the protective layer surrounding the embryo. This technique is needed when the zona pellucida is abnormally thick or stiff, conditions often found in older women or embryos that have undergone freezing and thawing, which can impede the natural hatching process necessary for implantation.

Step-by-Step Procedure at Archish Fertility & IVF

Step 1: Selection of Embryos

Before the procedure, embryologists at Archish Fertility & IVF evaluate the embryos under a microscope. They assess the thickness and uniformity of the zona pellucida along with the overall quality and developmental stage of the embryos to determine if Assisted Hatching could be beneficial.

Step 2: Preparation for Hatching

The selected embryos are stabilized under a microscope equipped with micromanipulation instruments. This setup is critical to ensure precision and control during the delicate process.

Step 3: Performing Assisted Hatching

Laser Method: The most used technique at Archish Fertility & IVF involves a controlled and precise laser. This laser gently thins a small area of the zona pellucida or creates a tiny hole. Using a laser minimizes physical contact and reduces the risk of damaging the embryo.

Chemical Method: Alternatively, a mild acidic solution can be applied to a specific area of the zona pellucida to weaken it. This method is less commonly used due to the laser technique’s higher precision and safety profile.

Step 4: Monitoring Post-Hatching

After Assisted Hatching, the embryos are carefully monitored to assess their viability and development. This observation period is crucial to ensure that the embryos usually develop after the procedure.

Step 5: Embryo Transfer

The treated embryos are transferred to the woman’s uterus shortly after Hatching. This timing is critical to synchronize the embryo’s development stage with the uterine lining’s receptivity.

Ideal Candidates for Assisted Hatching

The technique is particularly recommended for:

  • Women over the age of 37.
  • Couples with a history of failed IVF attempts.
  • Embryos with a noticeably thick zona pellucida.
  • Cases involving frozen embryos.

Benefits and Risks

While Assisted Hatching can enhance the implantation rates and overall success of IVF treatments, it carries risks such as potential embryo damage and a slightly increased likelihood of monozygotic twinning. These risks underscore the importance of performing Assisted Hatching in a highly specialized and controlled environment like Archish Fertility & IVF, where precision and patient safety are paramount.

Frequently Asked Questions

Assisted Hatching may slightly raise the chance of twin pregnancies if the embryo splits after the procedure.

It's particularly beneficial for frozen and thawed embryos, as it aids their Hatching and implantation.

It's most effective for women over 37 and those with multiple failed IVF cycles, improving implantation chances.

It's done on the third-day post-fertilization before transferring the embryo to the uterus.

It can enhance implantation rates, especially in older women or those with previous IVF failures. Assisted Hatching is a testament to the continuous evolution in reproductive medicine, offering a beacon of hope for many aspiring parents. At Archish Fertility & IVF, the implementation of this technique reflects their dedication to leveraging cutting-edge science to aid couples on their journey to parenthood. Prospective parents are encouraged to consult with their fertility specialists to determine if Assisted Hatching is a suitable option for enhancing their chances of a successful pregnancy. "Explore the potential of Assisted Hatching with Archish Fertility & IVF. Book your consultation today to enhance your IVF success!"

Our Specialists

Dr. Ankita Gahlot

Fertility Consultant

Dr. Anagha Nawal

Fertility Consultant

Dr. Lakshmi Kumari A

Fertility Consultant

Navin Desai

Male Fertility Expert / Embryology Head