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Assisted hatching as a technique for use in human in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer is long overdue for careful and appropriate study

Assisted hatching (AH) as an adjunct to IVF-ET has been around for a long time (Cohen et al 1990); and as Venkat et al (2008) rightly pointed out in their recent paper, it has only been minimally studied, especially in a randomized manner. While their efforts to raise consciousness on this subject are appreciated by ourselves, we were disappointed that their own study was merely a retrospective review of five year old data, which ultimately just suggested inconclusively that AH was not beneficial following embryo thawing and transfer…

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