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Doctors: New hope for IVF couples

Doctors studying IVF at the University of Nottingham say a procedure that is widely available could improve chances of having a baby by up to twenty percent.

Dr Lukasz Polanski is part of a group of doctors carrying out a clinical trial into the effectiveness of endometrial scratching which involves damaging the lining of the womb before embryos are implanted.

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New IVF technique 'significantly improves' pregnancy rate

A new procedure called endometrial scratching can improve the clinical pregnancy and birth rate by 20%, a study has found.

Results from a trial undertaken jointly by the University of Nottingham and a team of scientists from Brazil shows an increase in the clinical pregnancy rate of women undergoing IVF and ICSI treatment to 49%, compared with the current average of 29%.

Read: Frozen embryos 'boost for IVF'

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IVF procedure said to increase clinical pregnancy

A study involving a researcher from the University of Nottingham has found that a procedure called endometrial scratching can significantly improve the clinical pregnancy rate.

Results from the trial, undertaken by a team of Brazilian scientists in collaboration with Dr Nick Raine-Fenning from the University of Nottingham, shows an increase in the clinical pregnancy rate of women undergoing IVF and ICSI treatment to 49%, compared with the current average of 29%.

IVF treatment: Nottingham specialists' new technique could increase odds of having a healthy baby

Fertility specialists in Nottingham have developed a new technique which could increase the number of IVF couples having a healthy baby
Fertility specialists in Nottingham have developed a new technique which could increase the number of IVF couples having a healthy baby Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Fertility specialists in Nottingham have developed a new technique which could increase the number of IVF couples having a healthy baby, by more than 50%.

Embryos that are created in the lab are closely monitored using digital photography.

Technicians can then see which ones have developed well, and are more likely to result in a healthy baby.

They say it is the biggest scientific advance in IVF technology since the first test tube baby was born in 1978.

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Embryo chromosome testing in the Midlands could increase fertility rate

Couples planning to have IVF treatment for the first time are being encouraged to take part in a unique clinical trial at a Midlands Fertility Centre.

Doctors at the CARE clinic in Nottingham want to recruit 200 couples under the age of 35, and screen their embryos for chromosome abnormalities.

It's the first time in the world a trial like this has taken place, and doctors believe it could increase their pregnancy success rates by up to sixty per cent.

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