Assisted Hatching (AH) Abroad

Assisted Hatching Cost:
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International Destinations: India, Jordan, Mexico, South Korea

Assisted hatching (AH) is a procedure which is used in conjunction with in vitro fertilization (i.e. for the fertilization of the egg that takes place outside the human body). The assisted hatching procedure is specifically meant to make modifications in the wall of the embryo (which is fertilized using any of the techniques of in vitro fertilization), so that it gets hatched and subsequently gets implanted easily into the uterine walls.

Assisted Hatching

The principle concept behind the procedure is to provide assistance/facilitate the embryo in escaping from the outer shell (i.e. zona pellucida), so that it can implant in the mothers uterine wall. This procedure of assisted hatching is useful for women with poor quality of embryo, advanced age or endometriosis, all of which contribute to a difficulty in implantation of the embryo in the uterine walls. There is substantial clinical evidence that assisted hatching tends to improve the chances of implantation, especially among couples using IVF technology.

Assisted hatching technology is available at some of the leading medical tourism destinations, which include Jordan, Turkey, South Korea, India and Mexico. All these destinations provide low cost and high quality medical care services to international medical tourists.

When Assisted Hatching (AH) is needed?

Assisted hatching is used in concurrence with in vitro fertilization procedures to improve the chances of implantation of the embryo. This procedure is required in cases of:

  • Advancing age, which, reduces the changes of normal fertilization and assisted hatching is used when the age of the female partner is above 38 years
  • Older women suffer from complications like endometriosis, which further makes implantation of the embryo difficult
  • In some females the quality of the eggs is poor; these cases may require assisted hatching.
  • In some females, the follicle stimulating hormone gets elevated on the third day after the ovulation, making implantation difficult. Assisted hatching is required in such cases
  • In couples who have tried in vitro fertilization cycles for once or twice previously, but have failed to conceive, despite otherwise good results.

Success rate with Assisted Hatching Technique:

Clinical evidence has suggested that assisted hatching tends to improve the outcome of an in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment, though these outcomes may vary from clinic to clinic. The pregnancy rates using assisted hatching technique among women between the ages of 35 to 39 has been found to be almost 50%. With increasing age the pregnancy success rates go down significantly. Yet, an IVF procedure performed with assisted hatching has a better chance of conception, than IVF procedure performed without assisted hatching.

Assisted Hatching (AH): The procedure

  • Assisted Hatching is a delicate and complex procedure. It requires a trained and skilled embryologist to perform the procedure. The assisted hatching is conducted using a machine called the micromanipulator, immediately after the process of fertilization.
  • After the ovum has been fertilized by the sperm, the embryo is placed in a culture medium in a petri dish.
  • The embryologist, then with the help of a special pipette holds the embryo in its position. Next the embryologist places acidic solution next to the outer shell of the embryo, using a hollow needle. When this acid solution comes in contact with the outer shell (i.e. zona pellucida), the protective layer starts disintegrating creating a small hole. This hole in the zona pellucida will subsequently help the embryo hatch and implant itself on the uterine wall.
  • Newer technologies include the use of lasers to create a hole in the outer shell covering of the embryo.
  • After the above procedure is completed, the embryo is washed and placed into the incubator until embryo transfer is done.
  • The embryo transfer is done in a short while after the hatching. The embryo is placed in the women’s uterus, with the hope that it will implant and mature into a full term live birth.

Risks Associated with Assisted Hatching

Assisted Hatching is a simple procedure; however it is associated with certain complications for both the mother and the child. The risks for the child include:

  • Fetal complications
  • Physical deformities
  • Conjoined twins

The procedure can occasionally cause complications for the mother which include:

  • Elevated Levels of Blood pressure ( Hypertension)
  • Infections: which occur due to an intake of steroids prior to the procedure, which in turn suppresses the immune system making it prone to infections
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances like nausea and vomiting: Is attributed to the use of antibiotics to prevent infections
  • Mood swings

Limitations of Assisted Hatching:

  • Assisted hatching is a complicated procedure which requires great skills to ensure that the procedure is successful. The couple would have to depend considerably on the skills of the embryologists, to ensure that the assisted hatching has been done successfully
  • One of the greatest limitations of assisted hatching is the substantial risk of complications during pregnancy.
  • Further, this technique can help only those couples, where the female has specific problems for which this technique is meant.

Assisted Hatching in Turkey:

The complex and delicate procedure requires good infertility clinic infrastructure and highly trained medical team. Turkey has the requisite infrastructure and the technical expertise for such a procedure which is available at a fraction of the cost that is available in the United States.

Assisted Hatching in Mexico:

Mexican doctors and medical teams have the essential training and experience to conduct a complex procedure like assisted hatching. In addition to the experience of its medical team, Mexico has the latest technology and equipments, which increase the efficacy and success rates of the procedure.

Assisted Hatching in India:

India is one of the very few nations in the world which has the best infertility technology and several trained and experienced medical professionals. There are several dedicated infertility centers across the different metros in the country, which cater to several thousands of patients annually.

Assisted Hatching in Jordan:

Jordan in recent times has boomed as the hub of medical tourism in the Middle East, due to its high quality and low cost medical services. Jordan, in its endeavor to attract medical tourists from across the world, especially from the United States, has charted down a road map to improve its healthcare infrastructure.

Assisted Hatching in South Korea:

A more recent participant of the medical tourism market, South Korea has been quick to capitalize on the opportunity and has already made a mark in the international healthcare arena. With rapidly evolving technological innovations, high quality standards comparable to those in Europe and United States and highly trained and specialized medical professionals, South Korea is an upcoming hub of medical tourism in the Far East.


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