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Increasing the chances of your embryo implanting

2nd October 2013 in Treatments

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The failure of an embryo to implant following embryo transfer is a common reason why an IVF cycle doesn’t work. But is there a way to help an embryo implant?

Researchers in Southampton have revealed new research that shows that a uterus can detect the quality of an embryo.

The research showed that embryos give off a chemical called trypsin, which has to reach specific levels to change the nature of the womb lining and be accepted in the uterus. Any embryos that have lower levels are less likely to implant.

Researchers say the identification of the pathways that signal this change in the endometrium, increasing understanding of the processes, could have implications for infertility treatments in future.

In the meantime, is there anything offered which can help improve the chances of your embryo implanting? At Manchester Fertility we offer a procedure known as ‘endometrial scratching’.

‘Endometrial scratching’ is a procedure we may offer you if you have suffered from embryo implantation failure, despite having good quality embryos, or if you need to use a donor egg. It involves your 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. Studies have shown that by scratching the endometrial lining, it changes the way it grows back and seems to make it more receptive to embryos that are later transferred.

We can also offer you this procedure privately if you are undergoing treatment elsewhere or within the NHS. For details of how to request endometrial scratching, please contact our Patient Advisors on 0161 300 2737.

Last updated: 20th January 2020