Lots of people considering fertility treatment are interested in clinical trials. This is because trials that are happening right now have the potential to improve current forms of IVF, making it easier for couples to have children.
There are currently a few trials taking place in the UK that may help to improve IVF success rates in the future. Here is everything that you need to know about the trials.
E-Freeze is a clinical trial that aims to find out if frozen thawed embryos have a higher success rate than fresh embryos. The theory is that because the eggs are not replaced immediately, the womb will have time to recover from the hormones used to stimulate the ovaries. This means that the womb will have returned to normal by the time the eggs are replaced.
Currently, scientists are unsure if frozen eggs are more effective, but this study will compare results so that they can improve success rates with IVF. Couples who are participating in the study will be randomized to either have an embryo transfer right away or to have the embryo frozen. Participants must be under the age of 42 and UK residents.
The second clinical trial is investigating if an endometrial scratch can improve IVF success rates. An endometrial scratch entails doctors intentionally scratching the womb lining in the month before the woman undergoes IVF treatment. Some research has indicated that this can improve outcomes in women who have repeatedly had unsuccessful IVF cycles, but this study will be looking at women who are going through their first round of IVF. The study is based in Sheffield, and there are different trials taking place across the UK. If you want to find out more about the study, look at the University of Sheffield website as there is a video that will explain more about the trial.
If you are considering taking part in a trial, contact G and L scientific http://www.gandlscientific.com/clinical-trial-assistants/ or a similar company to find out more. They hire clinical trial assistants to help advance modern medicine and treatment.
If you decide to participate in a trial, you will be helping fertility patients in the future to improve their chances of getting pregnant. Large trials give doctors and scientists the opportunity to learn more about IVF methods, helping them to improve IVF success rates.