Assisted hatching is a procedure that can be used to help the in vitro fertilization procedure and to increase the chances of pregnancy. The embryo will be assisted out of its protective layers to attach itself to the uterus. The selection process for a specialist to perform this procedure is essential. The assisted hatching is a complex procedure and requires experience and special skills.
Types of Professionals Who Provide Assisted Hatching
Assisted hatching can be performed by the following types of professionals:
- Fertility doctors or infertility specialists
- Reproductive endocrinologists
All these doctors have an OB/GYN formal training. These specialists train for an additional 2 or 3 years to be able to perform fertility procedures. Certification from the American Board of Medical Specialists (ABMS) is necessary if you want a good specialist. You should also know that assisted hatching was introduced in the 1990s, so the specialist should have completed his training after this year.
Find Specialists and Schedule Interviews
After finding a few assisted hatching specialists online and on websites, you should make a few appointments to talk to these doctors. Don’t forget to ask among people you know to recommend you a fertility doctor or an embryologist.
What the Specialist Should Know
The specialist should know how to perform fertility testing and determine the causes that prevent you from conceiving. He should be able to walk you through the assisted hatching procedure, explain how this is performed, and fully describe before and after procedures. He should also give you other alternatives that may be helpful in your case.
Ask questions about the number of patients that had a successful assisted hatching and the experience of the specialist. The specialist should be able to provide the contact details of former patients that can testify for the work done by the doctor. The specialist should also be aware of the latest technologies used in the assisted hatching procedure to be able to perform quality work. Don’t choose a specialist that doesn’t have experience and cannot respond to your questions.
The Facilities and Equipment Used
You need to visit the facilities where assisted hatching is performed and ask questions about the equipment that is being employed. All medical facilities need accreditation, so ask for proof of accreditation.
Cost as a Decision Factor
When choosing the assisted hatching specialist, you may consider the costs, but make sure this is not the first factor you consider. A low priced procedure may not mean it will provide the same quality as a procedure that costs more. However, when asking about the costs, you should make sure you get a full estimate that involves not only the fees of the doctor.
Don’t rush when making the decision. It can help if you take your partner along when talking to the assisted hatching specialists and visit the facilities together. Gather all the information you need and decide together on a specialist to perform the assisted hatching for you.