Endometrial Biopsy | Scratch

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An endometrial biopsy helps detect the presence of bacteria (tissue culture) or abnormal cells (histology), and to determine the implantation window (ERA).

If you have experienced unsuccessful IVF cycles in spite of good quality embryos being transferred an endometrial scratch is performed to improve the chances of the embryo implanting.

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How is the procedure performed?

An endometrial scratch or endometrial biopsy involves passing a catheter via the neck of the womb to obtain a sample of the cells that line the womb (the endometrium) under ultrasound guidance. The cells are sent to the laboratory for analysis as per indication.

Who should have the test?

Those having fertility treatment should have an assessment of the uterine cavity prior to starting fertility treatment. 

The endometrial scratch is helpful in those with a history of unsuccessful IVF cycles in spite of good quality embryos being transferred, as it improves implantation potential.

What is the process?

- Order online
- Receive confirmation by email
- Attend the appointment
- Receive results 

Who will analyse the sample?

The Doctors Laboratory, UK's leading laboratory service will analyse the histology and tissue culture samples. The ERA, ALICE and EMMA tests are analysed by Igenomix.

How long will it take to get the results?

Up to 14 working days.

How will the results be sent?

Via an email link to our secure patient portal.

Can IVF Matters help interpret the results?

Yes, you can book a complimentary call with our fertility consultant Dr Irfana Koita.

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