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Endometrial Biopsy "Womb Scratching": Can It Double Pregnancy and Birth Rates?

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November 16, 2012

In the ever-advancing field of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) comes a new technique for boosting a woman’s chance for successful embryo implantation during an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle.

The procedure, known as womb scratching, or endometrial biopsy, feels much like a pap smear and costs approximately $200, hardly breaking the bank compared to other treatment-associated costs. When timed one month before an IVF cycle, a woman who receives womb scratching is twice as likely to become pregnant as a woman who does not undergo the 15-minute procedure.

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