Laser Assisted Embryo Hatching is a scientific procedure used in IVF and ICSI treatments to enable the embryo to be implanted in the uterus. Unless the embryo hatches and attaches itself to the uterine wall pregnancy cannot happen.
During fertilization, only one sperm is allowed to penetrate the zona pellucida or the outer covering of the unfertilized egg. After fertilization, this covering hardens to keep the cells of the embryo together. The embryos then hatch out of this covering to embed itself in the endometrial lining of the uterus resulting in pregnancy.
While using IVF treatment methods it is observed that the covering of embryo (zona pellucida) hardens faster compared to the natural process. This makes it difficult for the embryo to get implanted in the uterine wall. As a result the pregnancy fails.
Using laser assisted hatching procedure a hole is made using a laser beam in the zona pellucida aiding embryo hatching. After this the embryo is transferred to the womb.
This process is used in the following cases
Women aged 37 years or above tend to produce eggs with harder zona compared to younger women
Women with repeated failed IVF cycles
Women with high FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) levels
Thick or abnormal egg shell
Embryos that have a poor quality or are slow developing
Contact our fertility specialist for more details regarding the procedure.