Endometrial scratching - a simple, pre-IVF procedure – is available at our IVF clinic in Cheshire to both patients who are undergoing treatment with us, and those who are having IVF treatment elsewhere but wish to have the procedure privately before their cycle begins.
Endometrial scratching can help improve IVF pregnancy and live birth rates. According to the latest study published – the first in-depth trial into the technique - the clinical pregnancy rate in women who underwent endometrial scratching was 49 per cent, compared to a current average of 29 per cent from IVF, whilst live birth rates were almost doubled from 23 per cent to 42 per cent.
The trial involved 158 women, who had all had unsuccessful IVF cycles before. Out of the 158 participants, 77 underwent endometrial scratching between seven and 14 days prior to their IVF cycle. Out of the 77 women, 39 became pregnant, with 33 going onto have a baby.
Endometrial scratching involves the endometrial lining being ‘scratched’ using simple equipment before your IVF cycle starts. It is a simple and quick procedure, with minimal risk of complications, similar to undergoing a smear test. By scratching the endometrial lining, it changes the way it grows back following the procedure. This seems to make it more receptive to any embryos which are later transferred.
At Manchester Fertility, we will discuss endometrial scratching with you as an option if your IVF cycle fails because the embryo didn’t implant properly, despite it being good quality and all other aspects showing a good prognosis, or if you are using a donor egg. We will advise you if endometrial scratching may be suitable for you.
Endometrial scratching is just one of the techniques we offer to help increase the chances of IVF success. All embryos developed at Manchester Fertility benefit from EmbryoGlue, a culture solution which helps embryos adhere to the uterus, and Blastocyst transfer if your embryos are suitable. At Manchester Fertility, these services are provided free of charge, there is no extra cost to pay for EmbryoGlue or Blastocyst transfer.
If you’re interested in endometrial scratching, please contact our team today on 0845 268 2244.
Last updated: 7th October 2013