Gently scratching the lining of the womb nearly a month before IVF treatment could almost double the chances of a successful treatment, according to a new study by British researchers.
A review of research on the technique found that twice as many women became pregnant after the procedure than without, boosting pregnancy rates to almost one in two.
It is thought that scratching the womb lining stimulates growth factors and repair mechanisms that allow the fertilized egg to embed more easily.
Endometrial scratching uses simple, inexpensive equipment & takes only 15 minutes in clinic, can be carried out by trained nurses and uses simple equipment already in use.The chance of pregnancy could be doubled.
There were no serious side effects reported and early signs are that the doubling in rates will be translated into birth rates.
The women in the study had all suffered repeated unexplained implantation failure, meaning other aspects of their fertility seemed normal but the egg did not implant properly in the womb.
This study has been published in Reproductive Biomedicine online