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Assisted hatching at PFCLA

Discover a technique that helps to improve your chances of conception when performed with IVF. Contact us to speak with a fertility expert today.

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Our doctors offer the assisted hatching lab technique to intended parents who undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF) in Los Angeles. We may recommend this method if you've had previous unsuccessful IVF treatments to increase the chance of successful implantation.

Candidates for assisted hatching 

Couples and individuals who decide to combine the assisted hatching technique with their IVF treatment cycle tend to see higher success rates than those who don't. Your doctor will recommend AH if you are:

  • A woman over the age of 37 
  • A woman who has experienced two or more unsuccessful IVF treatment cycles
  • A woman who has produced viable embryos which fail to implant on the uterine wall 
  • A woman who experiences increased levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), which academics consider to produce thicker zona pellucida shells

Advantages of assisted hatching with IVF

This technique requires fewer embryos per cycle as it increases the ability to implant successfully along the uterine wall. Assisted hatching also provides you with a surplus of embryos to freeze, available for use at a later time. 

The assisted hatching procedure 

On day four of the egg development (after the lab conducts fertilization), the embryo is contained in a shell of proteins known as the zona pellucida. 

For an embryo to properly implant itself into your uterine lining, it must break through the zona pellucida. If the shell is too thick, some embryos can struggle to break through. 

This relatively new technique involves thinning or puncturing an embryo's outer shell so that it can attach to the uterine wall more easily.

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During the procedure, your embryologists hold the embryo tightly under a microscope, followed by a mild acid solution applied to create a tiny hole in the shell. After the procedure, the embryo is washed and placed back into an incubator. Your doctor then uses this embryo for implantation into the uterus.

Other fertility services

Along with assisted hatching, PFCLA offers a variety of fertility services for you and your partner. If you take advantage of our integrated services, you can save time and money by having  your entire fertility journey occurs in one place, with one team.

Egg & embryo freezing

For women who desire to preserve their fertility, we offer egg and embryo freezing in our Glendale and Los Angeles offices. Save your best eggs and embryos for a time when you’re ready to start a family.

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Female infertility testing

Learn about the different approaches to overcome female infertility, specific to your or your partner’s underlying health conditions.

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Fertility drugs

Explore medication options pertaining to your needs to help you overcome female infertility and achieve a successful pregnancy.

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