Laser Assisted Hatching: Innovations in Infertility Treatment

During last years modern medicine has  evidently “moved up” but still not all cases of infertility treatment using ART are successful at the first attempt. To increase the chances of embryo transfer and the further  fetus’ development the method of laser assisted hatching is used nowadays.

Laser Assisted Hatching. What is it?

At the early stages of development human embryo is surrounded by the shinning transparent aleuronic membrane (in Latin “zonae pellucidae”) which serves like a protecting shell: it provides selective supply of the nutritive materials to the embryo and protects it from the mechanic injuries.

During the process of cells division under the influence of  special natural mechanisms and enzymes this membrane becomes thinner and usually on the 5-7th days of such a division it breaks and “slips off” and, in such a way, allows an embryo to go out the cell and successfully implant into the endometrium.

How is it conducted?

Small gashes on the membrane are made noncontract by thin laser beam through the optic lens. This method is viewed to be quite exact, safe and effective. This procedure is absolutely harmless for a pregnant and a future child and, at the same, increase the effectiveness of infertility treatment for 25-30%.

When is it necessary to conduct laser assisted hatching?

vv_ico woman is over 38;

vv_ico smoking;

vv_ico numerous failed IVF cycles;

vv_ico bad morphological embryo conditions;

vv_ico thickened embryo membrane and other abnormities;

vv_ico high level of FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) in the blood;

vv_ico embryo transfer after the cryopreservation.

But because of different reasons this process both in the natural and “in tube” conditions goes on not always correctly preventing from becoming pregnant.  To avoid such a problem during IVF procedure very often specialists prefer to conduct a method of laser assisted hatching – artificial insection of embryo’s  shinning membrane in the lab conditions.

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