What is Assisted Hatching & is it Helpful?

One of the advanced ART (assisted reproductive technology) procedures employed by today’s top fertility specialists, such as those at Southern California Reproductive Center (SCRC), assisted hatching gives embryos a “helping hand” in the hatching process – breaking through the protective zona pellucida layer that envelops them.

Not all embryos can hatch by themselves.

Because hatching is a necessary step for the successful implantation of an embryo, assisted hatching (AH) is a powerful technique used in conjunction with in vitro fertilization (IVF) prior to embryo transfer or blastocyst transfer.

Assisted hatching

  • Significantly increases an embryo’s chances of implantation in the uterus
  • Utilizes delicate micromanipulation techniques performed by SCRC’s highly skilled embryologists in our IVF lab

How do I know if assisted hatching is right for me?

Several factors contribute to our fertility specialists recommending assisted hatching. Some of these factors include:

  • Age – typically women over 37 have drastically increased rates of infertility. Women above or close to this age may require AH in order to achieve a successful pregnancy.
  • Repeated IVF failures – if it’s not working for you, then a different approach is needed. AH is often a successful alternative.
  • Egg health and quantity – a high number of eggs is pivotal to fertilization and implantation. If you know your egg count is down, assisted hatching is the procedure recommended to make remaining eggs count.
  • FSH – when the day 3 follicle stimulating hormone level is elevated, conceiving may prove difficult.

It all begins with an accurate infertility diagnosis

While assisted hatching is highly effective, our team of fertility specialists will decide if it is appropriate for you. That starts with getting an accurate infertility diagnosis of your particular infertility situation. Our fertility specialists are consistently ranked among the best in the country; let us show you why.

Assisted hatching dramatically increases your chances of conceiving by making implantation easier following embryo transfer (or blastocyst transfer). SCRC has achieved excellent results with AH.

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