Assisted Hatching is a laboratory procedure used to create a "weak spot" in the egg shell of an embryo. For selected patients, this increases the likelihood of the embryo hatching out of its egg shell, implanting, and resulting in a successful pregnancy. Assisted Hatching can be a part of In Vitro Fertilization, Soft-IVF, or Egg Donation treatments.
Assisted Hatching is a microsurgical procedure. An embryo is steadied under a microscope and, using a specially designed laser, a tiny hole is created in the egg shell. This procedure does not harm the embryo.
At Bay IVF Center, Assisted Hatching will be added to your treatment if any of the following applies:
History of one or more unsuccessful reproductive treatments.
Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) level of 8.0 or greater in the treatment cycle's Ovarian Reserve Assay.
Cryopreserved embryo transfer.
If you have any questions regarding Assisted Hatching, please contact us by phone at 650-322-0500 or via email at care@BayIVF.com. To request an appointment, please go to the Request an Appointment page.