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Assisted Hatching - treatment

The Private Healthcare UK guide to infertility treatment contains articles on infertility and IVF treatment which are aimed at improving your knowledge of treatments for infertility, their benefits and potential risks.


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What is involved?

Assisted hatching is a laboratory procedure whereby a hole is made in the zona pellucida of a two or three-day old embryo in order to help in the ‘hatching’ process and therefore, help with the implantation of the embryo into the uterus. 


Several techniques including a laser, an acid or a very sharp needle can be used to make a hole in the zona pellucida.  The first assisted hatching techniques were carried out in the early 1990’s.  Most IVF clinics use this procedure and many babies have been born as a result of assisted hatching.  There have been no reports of an increase in abnormalities of babies born as a result of assisted hatching.


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