London: A straightforward 15-minute procedure costing less than 100 pounds could double the success rates of IVF, researchers say.British researchers found that gently scratching the lining of the womb a month before IVF treatment improves the chances of pregnancy.A review of research on the technique found that twice as many women became pregnant after the procedure than without, boosting pregnancy rates to almost one in two.Doctors at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital, central London, are carrying out a larger trial to establish the overall efficacy of the technique with the hope of offering it routinely within three to five years.It is thought that scratching the womb lining stimulates growth factors and repair mechanisms that allow the fertilised egg to embed more easily.It takes only 15 minutes in clinic, can be carried out by trained nurses and uses simple equipment already in use. The procedure may add less than 100 pounds to the average 4,500-pound cost of a cycle of IVF treatment.
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