In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) utilizes laser-assisted hatching as part of the treatment. Laser-assisted hatching as a part of embryo implantation is usually beneficial for couples who have previously failed IVF treatments or have poor prognoses. It is a safer and more advanced method of hatching than chemical methods and manual methods.
What is Laser Assisted Hatching?
A great deal has been accomplished in the field of science and technology to help improve the lives of people. Without a doubt, technology has helped every aspect of life, from producing goods to working and even reproducing. It has been around for a long time that laser-assisted hatching is an advancement in technology. For women who are over 40, it is one of the best technological gifts.
In-Vitro Fertilization uses Laser Assisted Hatching to improve the chance of fertilization. Using this technique improves the chances of embryos implanting into a woman’s uterus. In this procedure, embryonic cells hatch through an opening in the patient’s uterine lining. There is no doubt that this is a safe technique, which helps to weaken, as well as think a small section of the zona pellucida. In the case of a harder zona pellucida, there will be more complications. It happens because the eggs fail to hatch or take an excessive amount of energy to hatch. The woman’s uterus may become repulsed by this, which may also reduce the likelihood of implantation.
What is the procedure for Laser Assisted Hatching?
This procedure is rather performed in the lab. In this procedure, the laser beam is used to facilitate embryo implantation by hatching the outer shell. This is accomplished by fixing a circle of colored light. Exactly where the laser will fire can be determined by this circle. This laser beam is invisible; one can only see its effects.
When the laser beam hits the embryo shell, it releases energy and dissolves it. Using the laser, three pulses are used to make a complete opening in the shell. There may also be variations in this exact technique depending on the power settings, the technique, and the size of the spot. As a result, hatching is performed without affecting the embryo in order to ensure a successful pregnancy.
When Is Laser Assisted Hatching Recommended?
- Patients who are older than 37 years old.
- Those who have undergone Frozen Embryo Replacement (FER)
- Those who have been unsuccessful with IVF or ICSI
- Those who undergo IVF/ICSI for the first time.
- Patients with poor-quality embryos and the number of embryos
- Those who had lower fertilization rates during their earlier IVF cycles
- For IVF patients who have embryos with a thick outer shell called a zona pellucida
Benefits of laser-assisted hatching include:
- Embryo transfer requires fewer embryos than expected
- The success rate of implantation can also be increased with assisted hatching
- There is the option to culture blastocysts in it
- Eliminates the possibility of multiple pregnancies
- Multiplies the chances of having a child
Laser-assisted hatching: Success rate
Clinical pregnancy rates have been improved by the hatching process without a doubt. Taking a baby home is the goal of any fertility treatment, not just getting a positive pregnancy test. The experience of embryologists plays a significant role in making the process successful.