What is assisted hatching?

Assisted hatching is a procedure performed during IVF that makes it easier for the embryo to “hatch” from its cell walls and implant into the uterine wall, thus maximizing the chances of pregnancy. 

When is assisted hatching recommended?

Assisted hatching may be recommended for older women or couples who have had previous unsuccessful IVF cycles or if frozen eggs, embryos or sperm are used or if the immature eggs have been cultured in the lab.

Risks of assisted hatching

Some sources report a small risk of the development of identical twins from a single embryo, which is higher compared with IVF cycles not using assisted hatching.