“Endometrial scratching is a procedure whereby the lining of the uterus (the womb called the endometrium) is gently ’scratched’ using a thin catheter which is passed through the cervix.
Fertility Solutions offers endometrial scratching to women who have had more than two IVF, ICSI or FET cycles which resulted in a negative pregnancy test, despite having blastocysts suitable for transfer.
Research and evidence suggests that scratching the uterine lining causes a ‘repair reaction’ which may increase embryo implantation rates:
•The repair process releases growth factors, hormones and chemicals. The new lining which grows after the procedure is thought to be more receptive to an implanting embryo and so increases the chances of pregnancy
•Another theory is called ‘gene switching’. Scientists believe that the genes which are responsible for implantation of embryos are sometimes not ’switched on’ during the time when embryos are supposed to implant. Endometrial scratching may ’switch on’ the genes that are responsible for preparation of the endometrium for implantation, which increases the chances of pregnancy.”