Controversial 'womb scratching' reportedly doubles chances of successful pregnancy

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Controversial 'Womb Scratching' Reportedly Doubles Chances Of Successful Pregnancy

Researchers from Cochrane, an international group of scientists, have found evidence that a simple procedure known as "endometrial scratch" can double the chances for a successful pregnancy, notes the National Post.

According to the International Business Times, the technique involves inserting a tube, no larger in diameter than a straw, into the uterus.

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That tool is then used to extract a piece of the womb lining, resulting in some inflammation.

Researchers theorize the reaction makes the womb lining better able to achieve the successful implantation of embryos, perhaps due to increased surface adhesion.

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Risk factors for complications during pregnancy

Advanced maternal age

Pregnancy risks are higher for mothers age 35 and older.

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Lifestyle choices

Smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol and using illegal drugs can put a pregnancy at risk.

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Medical history

 A prior C-section, low birth weight baby or preterm birth — birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy — might increase the risk in subsequent pregnancies. Other risk factors include a family history of genetic conditions, a history of pregnancy loss or the death of a baby shortly after birth.

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Underlying conditions

Chronic conditions — such as diabetes, high blood pressure and epilepsy — increase pregnancy risks. A blood condition, such as anemia, an infection or an underlying mental health condition also can increase pregnancy risks.

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Pregnancy complications

Various complications that develop during pregnancy pose risks, such as problems with the uterus, cervix or placenta. Other concerns might include too much amniotic fluid (polyhydramnios) or low amniotic fluid (oligohydramnios), restricted fetal growth, or Rh (rhesus) sensitization — a potentially serious condition that can occur when your blood group is Rh negative and your baby's blood group is Rh positive.

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Multiple pregnancy

Pregnancy risks are higher for women carrying twins or higher order multiples.

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The study, which was recently presented at the yearly gathering of the European Society for Reproduction and Embryology, has attracted a great deal of skepticism from some members in the scientific community.

Critics believe the methods and data used were insufficient in scope and more research is needed.

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