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I believe assisted hatching is where they assist the egg in coming out of its shell, its different from ICSI where they just inject a single sperm into the egg using a thin needle...assisted hatching is where a small hole is made in the shell and they use some kind of solution...its usually used with raised FSH or poor egg quality. ICSI is used when severe male factor is the issue.
An embryo must hatch out of its "shell" (the zona pellucida) before it can attach to your uterine wall. Assisted hatching is where a hole in poked into the zona pellucida right before embryo transfer and this ensures that the embryo will definatly hatch and this is believed to increase the chances of implantation and thus a pregnancy. Assisted hatching is usally only done on 2-3 day transfers and also on Frozen transfers because the freezing process often causes the zona pellucida to be thicker. If a 5 day Blast is transfered than no assisted hatching it needed because at this stage the zona pellucida is already starting to thin out and natural hatching will likely occur on its on by this point.
Assisted Hatching can be perfomed on day 4, 5, or 6 also. This is usually done with women who are older (like me - I am 36) or any age if the egg quality is not good (such as a thickened zona or male factor causing lack of quality) . I had this done on my day 5 transfer and day 3 transfer. You can also request that only half of your embryos have this performed and the other half not.... If age is not a factor, than the embryologist will suggest whether or not your embryos need it...
Me (38) DH (35)
IVF Cycle #1
01/18/11... Egg Retrieval - 22 Eggs!
01/19/11... RE called: 15 eggs mature and of those 12 eggs fertilized!
01/21/11... RE called 7 eggs are good quality, 3 eggs are questionable, and 2 eggs didn't advance and were disgarded.
01/23/11.. 5day Transfer - 2 Embryo - Quality 1DD - No embryo's made it to freeze. IVF Cycle #2
02/16/11... Egg Retrieval - 11 Eggs
02/17/11... RE called: 9 eggs mature and all 9 eggs fertilized!!!
02/19/11... 3day Transfer - (3) 8 Cell Perfect Embryo - No Fragmentation - No embryo's made it to freeze.
02/26/11... HPT - very light BFP 02/28/11... Beta Test - 12dpo - 20
14dpo - 31 / 16dpo - 75.3 / 19dpo - 343.4 / 21dpo - 1028 / 23dpo - 2459 / 26dpo - 5933 / 29dpo - 13643
03/10 - Saw Sac and Yolk - - 03/16 - Saw Heartbeat!!!!
ive had AH done for all 3 of my IVF's, and the above descriptions are correct. except each clinic is different on why they do it...some its routine for all patients and others only for poor quality embryos and older women. my clinic only does it on day 3 or frozen embryo's.
also ICSI is pretty standard for everyone now not just male infertility patients..it started out for just couples with poor sperm but now everyone uses it for hte most part.
Thanks everyone. We are doing ISCI on half of the eggs recovered. I did not know anything about assisted hatching until I went to Yahoo answers and was looking up IVF questions and saw it was brought up but no explanation on what it was.
Thanks for the replies. I will have to wait and see if that is an option for us. Hopefully my eggies are good.
Brynn 30, Rich 41, Marcus 11, Gavin 8
~~IVF #4 using Donor Eggs=BFP
~~April 18th 1st U/S=TWINS! Baby A 128bpm Baby B 124bpm