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What is Hatching?

Hatching, or assisted hatching, is a scientific technique that involves artificially creating an opening in the outer shell (called the Zona Pellucida) of the embryo before it is transferred to the uterus. While performing this technique it’s important to make sure that embryo functionality is not affected.

Numerous studies indicate that the opening of a small hole in the outer shell of the embryo encourages, in some cases, the process of hatching that all embryos must undergo before they can implant in the endometrium. Therefore, this suggests that utilising this technique can help to significantly increase the chances of implantation and gestation in certain cases.

Utilisation of the Hatching technique either with or without cytoplasmic fragment removal will be carried out only after the medical-biological team has assessed the case, has evaluated the embryos on a microscopic level and has considered this technique to be appropriate.