Mechanical Endometrial Injury (MEI) is a simple procedure performed on the endometrial lining by one of the Fertility Doctors at Fertility North.
During an MEI, the lining of the uterus (the endometrium) is gently scratched by a thin catheter called a pipelle. This mechanical injury, the scratch, is reported to cause:
An increasing body of evidence is reporting consistent findings of an improved rate of implantation, clinical pregnancy and live birth in relation to IVF treatment cycles that follow a mechanical injury to the endometrium in the cycle following an MEI procedure.
The Mechanical Endometrial Injury procedure is similar to a pap smear, and is carried out in the treatment room at Fertility North by one of our Fertility Doctors.
When you book to have an MEI, it will add a month onto your treatment cycle, so please ensure you allow time for this.
Most women experience some mild lower abdominal cramping at the time of, and soon after the procedure. This is why we recommend the use of pain relief pre-procedure.
Should the cramping continue when you return home, you can use a heat pack to relieve discomfort.
Most women experience some mild lower-abdominal cramping at during and just after the procedure. Consequently, Fertility North recommend the use of an over-the-counter pain relief, such as Paracetamol, prior to undertaking your MEI. Should the cramping continue when you return home, you can use a heat pack to relieve discomfort.
Fertility North are leaders in the field when it comes to keeping abreast of the latest developments in fertility treatment. While MEI has been shown to help some patients in conceiving, it is not suitable for use in all patients. Your Doctor will discuss your suitability for MEI in accordance with your individual circumstances. If prescribed, our Nursing Team will then help you with planning your treatment – MEI must be done in conjunction with a treatment cycle order for it to have its best effect.
For the costs associated with the MEI procedure, along with a comprehensive overview of all of our treatment costs, please head over to our Fees page.
To arrange an appointment or to find out more, please contact the team at Fertility North.