An endometrial scratch is a simple, out-patient procedure performed in the mid-luteal phase (second half) of a woman’s cycle, prior to beginning a cycle of IVF treatment. A fine catheter is placed in the uterus and ‘scratches’ the lining of the womb to cause a very superficial injury.
While this ‘scratch’ quickly heals with the next period, it is thought the procedure stimulates immune system cells – and therefore generating all-important growth factors – which makes the uterus more likely to accept an embryo.
It is mainly used for women who have experienced previous multiple unsuccessful IVF cycles, despite the transfer of good quality embryos. Currently there is conflicting evidence regarding the benefits of endometrial scratching.
6 Steps of the IVF Treatment Journey
Initial Consultation & Scan
Come in for an initial consultation and scan where one of our IVF Consultants will assess you and devise a personalised treatment plan which will give you the best chance of success.
Two weeks before the start of your period you will come in to meet with a fertility nurse who will talk you through your treatment plan and go through the consent forms with you.
Scan & Blood Tests
You will have two or three monitoring scans usually spaced says apart; each takes 20 minutes. The doctor may perform blood tests at these appointments.
This procedure is performed in the theatre under sedation and takes around 45 minutes.
The embryo transfer is a quick and easy procedure which does not need sedation and feels similar to a smear test.
We will invite you back to the clinic for a pregnancy blood test and give you the test results by the end of the day.