ART Fertility Program of Alabama offers a number of IVF services, one of which is Laser Assisted Hatching (LAH). Laser Assisted Hatching (LAH) is a form of micromanipulation. LAH focuses on the embryo rather than the egg. During development, embryos are surrounded by a protective coating called the zona pellucida. It protects the embryo until it “hatches” from the zona to allow implantation in the uterine cavity. In certain circumstances the embryo cannot “hatch” out effectively. Hatching with the laser has been shown to increase pregnancy rates for patients.

Before starting the LAH treatments, it’s important to make sure your type of infertility can be treated this way.

LAH is helpful in cases of:

  • Advanced maternal age
  • Failed cycles
  • Abnormal hormone levels (elevated FSH)
  • Suboptimal embryo quality

Results in our program have shown a trend towards a higher implantation and/or ongoing pregnancy rate when LAH is utilized.

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