Laser-Assisted Hatching (LAH)


Laser-assisted hatching (LAH) is a fertility treatment that can improve the chances of successful implantation for people with difficulty in conceiving. LAH involves using a laser to create a small hole in the zona pellucida, the thin shell of an embryo, which can help the embryo to hatch and implant more easily.

When can Laser Assisted Hatching (LAH) be used?

LAH is commonly recommended for the following reasons:

  • Patients who have had two or more failed IVF cycles.
  • Patients with elevated FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) on day 3
  • Advanced maternal age
  • Having an abnormal or thick eggshell
  • Low-quality/slow-developing embryos
  • Embryos with excessive fragmentation

How does Laser Assisted Hatching work?

An assisted hatching cycle is conducted during an IVF or ICSI cycle (typically on day 3).

To transfer an embryo back into the womb, either a hole is cut, or the embryo is thinned. Laser pulses are fired to break through the embryo’s outer shell during laser-assisted hatching. With this method, each embryo is only exposed for a few seconds outside the incubator, minimizing the exposure time and maximizing the likelihood of pregnancy.

LAH is a safe procedure with a very low risk of harming the embryo. It is important to note that LAH is not a guarantee of successful implantation, but it can improve the chances of a successful pregnancy.

If you are considering LAH, it is vital to speak to your fertility specialist to discuss whether this treatment is right for you.

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