IVF Assisted Hatching in NYC


Assisted hatching is the use of micro-manipulation techniques on sperm and egg cells to increase the success rate of IVF. In a nutshell, assisted hatching is performed to help an embryo implant in a woman’s womb.

  • The egg cell and eventually the embryo in which a fertilized egg develops is surrounded by a protective protein ‘shell’ called the zona pellucida (ZP), similar to a thick membrane.
  • The human embryo, like the chicken inside an egg, must hatch out of the zona pellucida shell once it is within the uterus so that the cell mass of the embryo can attach to the cells of the uterine lining.
  • To help with this process, the shell is pierced to create a tiny hole when micro-injecting a sperm cell in intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).

Learn more about the IVF assisted hatching procedure at our NYC fertility clinic below, or request a consultation today using the form on this page. We have helped other couples with infertility become parents, and we can help you too.

What happens during assisted hatching?

  • Just before embryo transfer, a hole is made in the ZP of each embryo by injecting the ZP with a micro-drop of an acid that can dissolve the ZP at the point where it is applied, without in any way affecting the embryo.
  • The hole provides an opening through which the embryo may hatch once it is inside the uterus.

How much does assisted hatching cost?

Most laboratories charge extra for intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and assisted hatching, but at New York Fertility & IVF Surgery Associates, these fees are completely covered by the cycle fee.

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