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Endometrial scratching improves IVF pregnancy rate

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 07 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6007
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

A simple technique called endometrial scratching improves the clinical pregnancy rate in women undergoing assisted reproductive treatment, new research shows.

Endometrial scratching involves causing intentional damage to the endometrium through biopsy or curettage. An association between endometrial scratching and an increased chance of pregnancy was first described a decade ago, although the underlying mechanism remains unknown. A Cochrane Library systematic review published in 2012 concluded that the technique doubled …

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