Laser Assisted Hatching (LAH)

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What Is Laser Assisted Hatching (LAH)?

Often, an in vitro fertilisation (IVF) procedure can produce several embryos during the fertilisation process. Some couples opt to cryopreserve the embryos that are not transferred to the uterus during a given cycle, in the hope that they can use them later. This preservation process entails a sequence of freezing and thawing, the effects of which could adversely affect the natural process of blastocyst hatching. Laser assisted hatching (LAH) is a laboratory procedure that loosens a blastocyst within its outer shell, allowing it to implant successfully once it is deposited onto the uterine lining.

Why Choose Laser Assisted Hatching?

Laser assisted hatching (LAH) enables a blastocyst to thaw quickly, yet efficiently, without compromising on its integrity.

Implantation Potential

LAH can produce better quality blastocysts than traditional thawing methods. On Cloudnine, we strive to optimise your odds of conception in every in vitro fertilisation (IVF) cycle, and we recommend assisted hatching as a tool to stimulate implantation.

Reap Benefits of Cryopreservation of Embryos

Cryopreservation is an ultra-modern technique that can preserve your embryos for up to a decade. However, the success of the process hinges on how well the embryos are frozen and thawed. It is possible that the shell housing the embryo may be impaired if it is not handled correctly. Assisted hatching can micro-manipulate an embryo, leaving you to make the most of cryopreservation.

Is Laser Assisted Hatching Right for Me?

Laser assisted hatching (LAH) can augment implantation and bring you closer to pregnancy if you have previously had three or more unfavourable in vitro fertilisation (IVF) cycles. Alternatively, if your doctor finds that the outer walls of your embryos seem to be thicker than usual, a LAH routine may be recommended for you.

What Are the Steps of Laser Assisted Hatching?

Laser assisted hatching (LAH) is a short two-step process, following the retrieval of cryopreserved embryos.

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Light Pulsing

The hatching process is performed for each embryo individually. First, the embryo is framed by a circle of light indicating the circumference around which the laser will beam. Then, the laser starts pulsing a portion of the circumference, attempting to dissolve a part of the embryonic shell. The process is performed delicately, to ensure that the heat from the laser is not transferred to the cells of the embryo.

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Implantation

Your embryologist will identify up to two embryos to be placed inside the uterus. The embryo will then implant itself in the uterine lining in the following few days.

What Are the Risks of Laser Assisted Hatching?

There are two main risks associated with laser assisted hatching (LAH).

Embryo Damage

If the laser hatching process is performed poorly, an embryo could be blemished or permanently destroyed. The fertility experts on Cloudnine are seasoned specialists, armed with years of experience in LAH. Together, they have established some of the best assisted hatching rates in the country.

Increased Likelihood of Twins

There is a school of thought that suggests that assisted hatching can promote monozygotic twinning, although this theory is unattested.

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Mr. Amit Kumar
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My fertility treatment plan on Cloudnine was composed of an HSG test followed by two IVF cycles. The experience was very good, and if it weren’t for the support and encouragement I received from the doctors and nurses, I wouldn’t have become a mother to my baby boy. I am thankful to Cloudnine for giving me the gift of motherhood.

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I consider Cloudnine a very lucky place. I came here looking to go through fertility procedures and artificial conception but ended up conceiving naturally. I would recommend Dr. Maheshwari and her entire team to those looking for quality fertility solutions. Thanks to the entire team for taking such good care of me.

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I opted to meet Dr. Radhika Sheth at Cloudnine Hospital, Malad, to discuss fertility treatment options. I knew I’d made the right choice when I discovered how approachable she was. She was very cooperative, always available, ever-smiling and full of positive energy. Not only did she suggest the right treatment plan for me, she worked hard to make me feel special along the way.

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I am extremely pleased with the experience we had with Dr. Radhika Sheth. After having undergone fruitless fertility treatments for more than two years with other doctors, I was finally able to conceive after an IVF cycle administered by Dr. Sheth. Needless to say, she was very helpful and supportive throughout my treatment tenure. I am and always will be eternally thankful to Dr. Sheth for giving me my precious bundle of joy.

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