Laser Assisted Hatching
Laser Assisted Hatching is a laboratory procedure that is performed on cleavage stage embryos (Day 3 of In-Vitro development) before they are transferred back to the patient’s womb in selected cases where it is indicated.
During this Laser Assisted Hatching procedure, a tiny opening is made in the outer-shell of the embryo (zona pellucida) with the help of a coloured laser to help the embryo break out of the hard outer-shell and facilitate a speedier implantation process.
Assisted Hatching was usually performed earlier by using mechanical force with a micro-needle or by acid digestion of the outer shell. This new method is safer and more reliable than the older methods.
What Is The Normal Process Of Fertilization During ALaser Assisted Hatching- IVF Cycle?
Most fertility specialists now use the latest and cutting-edge laser technology to provide their patients with the fastest and safest way of Assisted Hatching called Laser Assisted Hatching.
- During the Laser Assisted Hatching procedure, the outer-shell of a healthy embryo is breached by firing somelaser pulses at it.
- The laser is fired away from the delicate cells of the healthy embryo, so that the cells are not damaged and the future zygote develops healthy and normal.
- This process takes just a few seconds to complete and minimizes the time each developed embryo is exposed outside of the artificial incubator.
Is Laser Assisted HatchingFor Me?
You can opt for this procedure if you are:
1) Near the Advanced-maternal age i.e. >37 years old.
2) Diagnosed with elevated Day-3 follicle stimulating hormone (FSH).
3) Having abnormally Thick and/or hard egg shell.
4) Previously grieved frompast failed IVF cycles.
How Does The Laser Assisted Hatching Procedure Work?
Laser Assisted hatching is a specialized technique in which a small gap is made in the egg shell or ‘zona’ of the embryo just prior to the process of embryo transfer inside the womb.
The small slit in the shell improve the chances of the embryo to hatch out from the shell once it form a blastocyst.
The IVF specialist determines as to where the laser will be fired. The beam is invisible when pulsed but its effects are visible.
The laser works by releasing pulsating energy right onto the embryo’s shell and vaporizes or dissolves a small part of the shell due to the large amount of heat generated by the laser.
The laser should be used cautiously in order to protect the cells of the embryo.
Normally, this procedure produces similar results to IVF without Laser Assisted Hatching. The outer-shell of the embryo is only cracked and the embryo remains unharmed.
Is Laser Assisted Hatching A Safe Procedure For Her?
This procedure is totally safe if done under the watchful eye of an expert IVF specialist. There are no complications.
Who Can I Talk To If I Have Further Questions?
When you opt for a Laser Assisted Hatchingprocedure cycle, your Physician will explain to you all the details about the procedure and the possible risks involved with it.
- The medical staff at our IVF centre is highly familiar with the procedure and can give you all the latest information regarding it.
- We encourage you to ask as many questions as you can to be assured that all your queries have been answered.