Assisted Hatching (AH)

Before implantation, in the normal situation, the embroys must hatch from its shell to attach to the qwomb. In some cases e.g. women over 35yrs, women with polycystic ovaries, the outer shell of the egg (the zona pellucida) may become hardened. Hardening of the zona pellucida hinders embryo hatching. The zona pellucida is thinned or opened to facilitate hatching of the early embryo using the help of enzymes, chemicals or Laser. At artemis, all three techniques are available though we prefer to use laser assisted hatching as it reduces the chances of embryo damage.