Laser Assisted Hatching Technology Made ‘The Miracle’

Never lose Hope. Anything is possible! The following case study is nothing short of being a miracle! It reveals the efficacy of laser assisted hatching technology in infertility treatment while enumerating how our sincere consultant physicians and specialists made use of this latest medical treatment procedure and put a smile on the face of a couple facing acute infertility related problems. This is the encouraging story of Mrs. Prativa Banerjee and her husband (name changed).

When Mrs. Banerjee came to our fertility centre in Kolkata she had already been too depressed and disappointed about her infertility issue. She had already undergone 4 attempts of IVF in different IVF centres in Kolkata with no success so far. She was finally referred to us by a mutual friend. Her complete investigations were done and showed that hers is a case of PCOS with presence of asthenospermia (low sperm motility) in her husband.
Our doctors (especially Dr. Aindri Sanyal, a very talented and dedicated member of our Genome Team) went through her case history and assured her that there was still a ray of hope waiting to regale her. As a matter of fact, recent meta-research (comparison of different relevant researches) showed that women, who have undergone repeated IVF treatments without results, double their chances of a pregnancy by use of (LAH) Laser Assisted Hatching technology.

LAH is one of the most effective methods to help the fertilised egg to hatch and attach to the uterus. Pregnancy cannot occur unless the human embryo hatches. In females without any fertility related problems, an unfertilised egg is naturally surrounded by a shell called zona pellucida, which keeps the cells of the embryo together. During the cleavage stages and ‘in vitro culture’ of the human embryo, zona pellucida gets harder, possibly due to the culture conditions. This may tend to harden the egg shell inhibiting hatching. The situation may occur in women who are 37 years of age and above and to those treated with higher doses of Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH). LAH or Laser Assisted Hatching is a gentle and safe way to weaken a part of (hardened) zona pellucida followed by transferring of the embryo into the woman’s womb.

Mrs. Banerjee was counselled to undergo IVF with ICSI procedure. IVF with ICSI procedure is a highly effective technique in cases of infertility and our reproductive consultants specialize in this medical technology. At our fertility centre in Kolkata we have successfully conducted Laser Assisted Hatching in combination with IVF with ICSI procedure in other patients. Hence, it was our firm understanding that the method was perfect for Mrs. Banerjee who has undergone repeated IVF procedure without conceiving. Our doctrine did bear fruition in case of Mrs. Banerjee.

Genome the Fertility Centre’s team member Dr. Aindri Sanyal was aware that Mrs. Banerjee had already been through a few futile IVF attempts at some other clinics. Therefore, she chose to stick to some extra precautions. In view of her previous failed IVF attempts she was advised to undergo LAH (Laser Assisted Hatching). Her IVF cycle was done but there was a string of complications involved in the process.  The fact is she could not undergo ‘embryo transfer’ in the first cycle since her hormones were irregular at that time. Hence her embryos were frozen. Later her hormones were brought under control with medication. However, her uterus lining was not satisfactory. Hence, her uterus was adequately prepared using medication and finally embryo transfer was done. Mrs. Prativa Banerjee conceived in her first attempt of IVF embryo transfer and had twin pregnancy. Her pregnancy was closely supervised.

Now you might be wondering what her status is right now. Well she is definitely experiencing the best phase of her life – motherhood! The sooner we had been through with our bit she was admitted in the hospital for the same and her caesarean section was done after completing 8 months of pregnancy and she gave birth to twins – a boy and a girl. Mrs. Prativa Banerjee actually got more than she had asked for. What was more joyous moment for us was when she dropped by our clinic with two kids and with a celestial smile on her face and gave us a thank you note for our sincere efforts! We think that was one of our best incentives and the biggest motivation for Team Genome!

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