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Assisted Hatching: It's Not Just for Chickens
Assisted hatching? Sounds like chicken eggs in an incubator, right? Well, the fact is, embryos in the early stages of development are surrounded by a layer of proteins that the embryo must "hatch" out of in order to implant in the uterus. If the embryo doesn't have enough energy to hatch — think tired embryo — a little help from the friendly neighborhood embryologist may increase chances of IVF success.
According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, assisted hatching may help women with:
- advanced maternal age (older than 38)
- two or more failed IVF cycles
- poor embryo quality
For more information, read: IVF and Assisted Hatching.