A fertilized embryo is covered by a barrier, called the zona pellucida. In order to result in a successful pregnancy, the egg must hatch—divide and break out of the zona pellucida—and attach to the wall of the uterus.
Assisted hatching is a technique used as part of IVF, to facilitate the hatching and implantation process. During assisted hatching, an embryologist thins or weakens that barrier around the embryo at a single point. This process increases the chances the embryo will hatch and successfully implant.
While assisted hatching is offered at many fertility clinics, it is often an additional cost. Aspire is committed to ensuring that the most advanced treatments available are never optional extras. Because assisted hatching has been shown to improve implantation, pregnancy, and birth rates, we offer it to patients at no additional cost.