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Eric Flisser, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, answeredAssisted hatching is a form of embryo micromanipulation that involves the thinning and creation of an opening in the outer covering of the embryo. This procedure is used to help a normal growing embryo to emerge from its covering in order to implant in the uterus properly. Assisted hatching can be used following in vitro fertilization and appears to be helpful in certain groups of women, including those who are older, those with high baseline FSH levels, and those who have had previously unsuccessful IVF cycles. Assisted hatching increases the likelihood of achieving pregnancy when performed in the laboratory prior to transfer of the fertilized embryo to the female's reproductive tract.