You probably know that a fertilized egg cannot guarantee you a pregnancy if you’ve undergone IVF. To achieve a successful pregnancy, an embryo needs to be implanted in the wall of a woman’s uterus after being transferred. There are times, however, when the embryo fails to hatch and implant, which results in an unsuccessful IVF cycle.
When is LAH Done?
Besides the fact that laser-assisted hatching is most effective if done with IVF but it is recommended after analyzing all your medical reports whether LAH will help you or not.
It is generally advisable in the below circumstances.
- If you have experienced two or more failed IVF cycles.
- If your FSH level has increased.
- The quality of your embryo is poor.
- When your age is 38 or older.
- Unexplained infertility.
The LAH procedure is performed three days after IVF when the embryo is still in the lab. A specialized laser is used to create a breach in the zona pellucida. Laser technology allows a more controlled approach and is the safest and most effective technique. Though making a small crack in the zona pellucida sounds like a simple technique, it involves precise procedures and a skilled technician to perform it. The embryology lab needs to have specialized instruments to perform this advanced technology. The whole process is fairly quick and takes only a few seconds.
In this process, laser shots are used that soften the zona pellucida, which helps to create an opening. The laser will not come in direct contact with the embryo and is performed with utmost delicacy and precision. This procedure ensures the safety of the embryo.
Do’s and Dont’s
- Hormonal support and medications- Whether after a transfer of fresh or frozen embryo(s), you must continue the hormonal support indicated by your doctor until 10 weeks of pregnancy. The same goes for taking folic acid.
- Baths- It is important to avoid baths, swimming pools, SPAs, and saunas during the 2 weeks after the process. However, you can take showers.
- Work- You can return to work after the embryo(s) transfer. There is no indication of a particular rest.
- Exercise, hydration, and diet- Intense exercises are to be avoided, however, active mobilization (walking) is recommended. It is also important to stay well hydrated (about 2 liters of water per day). As for food, the same recommendations for a pregnant woman remain valid, namely to wash fruits and vegetables well, to cook meat well (avoid raw meat and raw fish) as well as to avoid contact directly with cats or cat litter.
- Intercourse- It is best to avoid sexual intercourse for 2 days after the embryo transfer.
What is the cost of Laser Assisted Hatching?
If your IVF cycles get failed then there is still a possibility for a successful pregnancy which is Laser Assisted Hatching. Using this technique with IVF has resulted in great success in aged couples and in cases of IVF failure or aged couples.
The cost of laser-assisted hatching ranges from INR 10,000/- to INR 20,000/-.