Assisted Hatching


Assisted hatching brings hope to a lot of couples that have had trouble with infertility treatments or are running out of time due to their age. At Arizona Center for Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, we understand the frustration that comes with fertility challenges. As such, we are proud to offer the most cutting-edge IVF treatment process in the field, and for some couples that includes assisted hatching.

According to trials at New York-Cornell Medical College, assisted hatching proved itself as the ideal solution for women who:

  • Are 35+ years old (esp. 38+ years)
  • Have mild elevations in their third day FSH levels
  • Have experienced multiple failures with assisted reproductive technology
  • Have embryos with unusual shells

So even if you failed to get pregnant with an assisted reproductive procedure before, assisted hatching may very well be the joyful solution you are looking for. Many couples face apparent infertility due to their embryos not having enough energy to shed their shells. Other times, the thickness of the embryos causes women to fail several cycles of the IVF process. In any case, assisted hatching comes as a very welcome infertility solution for these couples.


This remarkable IVF treatment process was developed when it was discovered that embryos with thinner shells had a much higher chance of implantation during the IVF process. This method creates a minor defect in the shell, the zona pellucid, to boost the probability of the embryo’s hatching. Aided by state-of-the-art assisted reproductive technology (ART), assisted hatching today is a remarkable infertility solution that brings not only hope, but also the joy of parenthood, to countless couples.

How it Works

Similar to Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ISCI), assisted hatching is done through a technique called micromanipulation. A pipette is used to stabilize embryos as another pipette with acidified Tyrode’s solution is used to make the minute defect in the shell. If the defect is not the correct size, it may decrease the chances of pregnancy or increase those of conceiving identical twins. After the defect has been made, the embryos are washed to eradicate any residual acid solution and then transferred to the uterus after being kept in the incubator for some hours.

Although it is aimed to increase female fertility, the nature of assisted hatching makes it a double-edged sword where an improper execution can diminish the chances of pregnancy instead of improving them.

The Arizona Center for Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility offers you a safe procedure with a high chance of success.

A Remarkable Solution

Although assisted hatching is not a necessary part of the IVF treatment process for every couple, for the right patient, assisted hatching delivers remarkable results. This procedure is indicated primarily for women (38+) and those who failed to conceive with previous IVF treatments.

Call Us Today

We will be glad to discuss your situation and fertility options at length and help you discover the most suitable solution for getting pregnant. Set up an appointment today by calling 520-326-0001.