Effect of laser assisted hatching on outcome of assisted reproductive technology


Objective: To determine whether laser-assisted hatching can improve clinical outcome of assisted reproductive techniques in both unselected patients and patients with advanced female age, with recurrent implantation failure, or who are using frozen-thawed embryos. Study design: Prospective randomized study. Patients and methods: 179 consecutive women scheduled for intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) were randomised to either laser assisted hatching (LAH) or non LAH group. Patients were divided into 94 test and 85 control groups. On the day of embryo transfer, the zona pellucida of the selected embryos in the test group was thinned by using an infrared optical laser system, whereas in the control group they were left intact. Clinical pregnancy rates (CPR) and implantation rates (IR) were estimated. Result(s): Patients that underwent LAH (n = 94) had CPR, and IR of 35.1% and 50%, respectively. Patients that did not undergo LAH (n = 85) had lower CPR (28.2%, P = 0.324) and IR (33%, P = 230), with no statistically significant difference P < 0.05. Conclusion: The current study suggested that there is no need for the routine use of laser assisted hatching. However, there is evidence of laser assisted hatching benefit in selected patients

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Elhussieny, A. , Mandouh, M. , Hanafi, S. , Mansour, G. and El-Kotb, A. (2013) Effect of laser assisted hatching on outcome of assisted reproductive technology. Open Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 3, 18-23. doi: 10.4236/ojog.2013.35A2004.

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