Why Use Assisted Hatching?

In vitro fertilization and other assisted reproductive technologies have helped many couples and individuals in Mandeville, Louisiana and around the country find relief from infertility and reach their goal of becoming parents. But for some, the process may be difficult and despite its fame, IVF has a success rate that is largely hit or miss. For many, this means that more than one session is required before reaching one's goals, and some never reach that goal despite several attempts. This matter should be discussed with a fertility specialist, who may recommend certain ancillary procedures to improve the chances of success.

Assisted hatching is a procedure that aims to help the embryo hatch from its protective layering (zona pellicuda) so it may implant in the woman's uterus where it may develop. The procedure requires the specialist make a small hole in the protective layer on about the third day of the embryo's development. It is performed in a dish inside of a laboratory. An acidic solution is injected into the protein layer surrounding the embryo. The solution works to break away the layering to create a small hole. A solution is used to wash the embryo, and it is placed inside its incubator until the time comes to transfer it to the uterus. 

Of course, as with any procedure there are certain risks of which patients should discuss with a Mandeville fertility specialist. The biggest risk perhaps is the higher risk of having identical twins because the procedure may actually cause the embryo to split into two halves. Damage to the embryo is also a risk during the procedure, which may result in death, fetal complication, physical deformities, or conjoined twins. It is important that couples and individuals interested in the procedure consider these risks before deciding to pursue the treatment. 

Women should also inquire about the medicines they must take during the procedure, as certain side effects such as high blood pressure, infection, nausea, and mood swings may be possible. Women who are between 35 and 39 may enjoy a success rate that approaches 50%, while women who are older may have a lower chance of success. The procedure generally improves success rates of IVF compared to women who do not receive assisted hatching procedures. It is important that couples or women discuss the procedure and their candidacy for it with a specialist in their area.

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