If you are having IVF treatment, you’ve probably read online about endometrial scratch – a procedure which involves “injuring” the lining of the womb and which apparently can increase the chances of an embryo implanting.
The procedure has been in the news this week after a new review of the trials of endometrial scratch was released which suggests it may be beneficial for couples who are either trying to conceive naturally or using IUI where it seemed to increase the chances of success considerably. This has been widely reported as suggesting that everyone should go off and have a scratch but it is important to note that the review concludes that “the quality of the available evidence is low”.
You can read more about the review presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology here. There are currently trials being carried out looking at the success of endometrial scratch which should give some more good quality evidence to show whether or not the procedure is worth paying for.