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Assisted Hatching: It's Not Just for Chickens

If you are an in vitro fertilization (IVF) patient with a poor prognosis or have failed IVF, you may be a candidate for IVF with assisted hatching.

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.

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