An endometrial scratch is a superficial injury to the lining of the womb that may stimulate the womb to be more receptive to an implanting embryo, leading to a boost in the chances of a pregnancy.
In 2012, Potdar et al reported that women who underwent a ‘scratch’ prior to their planned treatment cycle had a pregnancy rate of 48% (198/412) compared to 26% (128/499) in women who did not. Indeed, a Cochrane review (CD009517) of 5 trials concluded ‘Endometrial injury prior to the embryo transfer cycle improves the clinical pregnancy rate and live birth rate’.
An endometrial scratch can be arranged for patients having treatment at GCRM-Belfast or at another clinic. Please contact GCRM-Belfast for further details.