Laser Assisted Hatching

Laser Assisted Hatching

This is a very recently developed technique used when patients have good grade embryos that have shown repeated failure of implantation. It is also recommended for older patients, such as those above 38 years of age. In order for pregnancy to occur, the embryo must hatch from the zona pellucida (surrounding protein matrix) and implant in the endometrial lining. Consequently, if hatching does not take place, pregnancy will not occur. In laser assisted hatching a laser is used to thin out a portion of the zona pellucida. This procedure helps facilitate hatching and implantation.