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Review shows "Womb Scratching" May Aid in Embryo Implantation

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ABC News,  Oct 02, 2012

A review published in the journal, Reproductive BioMedicine Online, suggests a procedure known as “Womb Scratching” or endometrial injury might increase a woman’s odds of pregnancy.

The review examines 8 previously published studies on the subject and suggests that women who underwent the process of gentle endometrial scraping one month before an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle are twice as likely to see embryo implantation in that cycle- how’s that for bumping up the odds?

Dr. Richard Paulson, director of the Fertility Program at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles describes the natural embryo implantation process as "a very complicated biochemical process” in which the embryo chemically communicates with the endometrium, evicts some of the existing cells, and “invades the tissue much like a cancer.” It is because of this complicated process that less than half of all transferred embryos will implant. With a procedure like “womb scratching”, it may be possible to increase uterine receptivity of the embryo, thereby increasing implantation rates.

The cost of the procedure runs as little as $200, and it takes just 15 minutes to complete. Experts say further research on this procedure is warranted.
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