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What Is Assisted Hatching?

Posted on June 29th, 2017

Assisted hatching is used during invitro fertilization to increase a woman’s chances of getting pregnant.

Assisted hatching is performed by an embryologist in an IVF lab. The process involves the embryologist holding the embryo with a special pipette. Next, a needle finer than a strand of hair is used to eject an acidic fluid against the shell of the embryo. A small hole is created in the shell with the acidic fluid. The embryologist then washes the embryo and the embryo is stored in an incubator. The embryo transfer is usually done within hours after this procedure. The embryo is placed in the uterus during the procedure and this is the process that hopefully results in the woman getting pregnant.

If you have more questions about assisted hatching or other lab processes, you can always ask to speak with an embryologist at Aspire.

Schedule an appointment with one of our fertility experts and or email Aspire with any questions. You can also schedule an appointment at either clinic online or call the Houston Clinic at (713) 425-3003, Austin Clinic at (512) 456-9827, McAllen at (956) 300-3557, San Antonio at (210) 981-3572, or the Dallas Clinic at (214) 414-3806.


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